1909 - 1911 T206 Eddie Plank Sweet Caporal Tobacco Card
PSA Population Report
(grade = population/qualifiers*)
Authentic = 16
1 = 13
2 = 10/4*
3 = 10
4 = 7/1*
5 = 3
6 = 3/1*
7 = 3
8 = 1
9 = 0
10 = 0
The famous Eddie Plank T206 is among the rarest and most desirable baseball card! Second to only the Holy Grail; Honus Wagner T206.
It's estimated today that only 75 Eddie Plank cards exist in total. It's still unknown why so few were made by the American Tobacco Company. The first theory is that Plank was anti-tobacco and thus did not want to advertise and support the industry. The second theory is that he demanded compensation for use of his name and picture. And lastly, it was once thought that there was a broken printing plate resulting in a defective card and removed. The last theory has been disproved as we've learned more about tobacco cards over the years. Plank cards were printed over two different series and with several factory numbers. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is that Eddie Plank's T206 is extremely rare!!
This particular specimen is graded 1 by PSA. Considering the edge wear, soft corners and creases it's an attractive example for the technical grade. There are no severe issues, which are often seen in low grade t206 cards--such as missing paper, rips, pinholes, excessive creasing, discoloring, and fading. In fact, the blue background boasts bold color which is usually not the case in most PSA 1 models. Quite simply, it’s an outstanding specimen for the grade (1). The reverse is completely intact as well. It’s never been mounted-- no traces of glue, tape or other adhesive. As well as no missing paper, which is all too common with these cards. As expected, it’s a Sweet Caporal issue (350 subject, Factory Number 30).
Asking price is 65K, serious offers will be considered. Keep in mind the most recent sale of a PSA 1 was earlier in 2018 and hammered for more than $50K in auction.
Eddie Plank, a master of off-speed pitches, was one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in the game. Plank amassed 327 career wins and he remained the all-time leader in wins for a left-hander until Warren Spahn eclipsed the mark about 50 years later in the early 1960's. Plank won 20 or more games on eight separate occasions and he still owns the all-time record for most shutouts by a lefty with 69. Plank was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.
One of the most impressive pieces we’ve had in our collection!!