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T206 Rube Marquard Portrait missing colors sold for $2,370

Robert Edward Auctions (April 27, 2014)

Presented is an interesting and unusual printing anomaly of Hall of Famer Rube Marquard (portrait pose) from the classic T206 White Border series. The card is missing at least one color pass, creating a much different appearance than expected for this card, which is normally found with a yellow/green background. Instead, the background is bright orange, signifying that the blue process (which would produce a light green when applied to yellow) and the green process (which would produce a darker green) are both missing. Hand-cut and encapsulated by SGC as "Authentic" as a result, the card likely originates from a factory-run sheet that was not up to standards and was then discarded as scrap. When it comes to the T206 set, which is the most highly collected of all vintage card sets, anything unusual (especially if it might in any way shed light on the mysteries of how the T206 set was printed) is of great note. This is undoubtedly a noteworthy T206 printing error that we believe will be of great interest to T206 scholars and collectors. The T206 set, affectionately known as "The Monster," is the most popular of all 1910-era sets and is still yielding new and exciting discoveries more than a century after its production. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities and unusual cards associated with this landmark set. Value is always subjective, but in this case, because of its uniqueness, there is no consensus on value for this card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. This is a very intriguing card that is sure to delight collectors of the various nuances of the T206 set. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

Final Bid with Buyer's Premium (18.5%): $2,370




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