The printer’s scrap from the American Tobacco Company’s T206 baseball card set that pictured an Eddie Plank card missing most of its color brought $92,762 at auction late last week. Goodwin & Company offered the card, which was hand cut from a larger sheet and had been first been sold at auction more than a decade ago. The card, one of five known to exist with a Piedmont tobacco advertisement on back, sold just three years ago via Heritage Auctions for slightly more than $26,000.
The ”no color’ version of the Plank card is believed to be one of a kind although a similar card exists that has a yellowish background.
Other cards sold in the auction included a 1903 Sporting Life (W600) Ed Delahanty graded PSA 6. It brought $24,867 while an E93 Honus Wagner (SGC 88) sold for $24,042.
A 1914 Cracker Jack Honus Wagner graded PSA 3 brought $13,568 and a 1916 M101-5 Jim Thorpe graded PSA 8 off center sold for $13,252.
Fire destroyed a collectibles shop in Lynchburg, VA on Saturday. Here’s ABC 13’s coverage:
The 1960s were an interesting decade for pro football. The NFL began in a dominant position but fans were captivated by the upstart American Football League, which landed a network TV contract and a trading card deal or two. Some card sets contained only AFL cards during the decade while others had a mixture of both as the leagues chugged toward their eventual 1970 merger deal.
Collector Todd Tobias, writing on the terrific website ‘Remember the AFL’ breaks down the good, bad and ugly from those sets that captured the players in the league that gave us Joe Willie Namath, the Silver and Black, the Chargers’ cool threads and more.
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