The T206 set is still turning up secrets.
The latest addition to the vast variety that is “The Monster” is a previously unreported card that turned up in a Georgia hobby shop.
The image on the card of Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings isn’t rare, but the advertising on the back definitely is. The Jennings card was previously unknown to have a Lenox Brown variation. The card was part of a collection of T206 cards brought to Rob Oberth’s RoundTable Trading in Marietta, GA earlier this year. It wasn’t in the greatest shape, but it was real. None had ever been authenticated by PSA or SGC.
Now certified by PSA with an Authentic grade, it’s among the featured attractions in the current Memory Lane auction with bidding expected to stretch into five figures when the auction closes this weekend.
“As I began examining the collection it just jumped right out at me and seemed to have an interesting look. Given the rarity of such a unique card to even exist, I wasn’t entirely sure it was real,” recalled Oberth who oversees the dealer-only Facebook group, Card Dealers Helping Card Dealers.
He posted pictures of the card for group members to view and asked for opinions. One of the responses came from Daniel Wulkan of Memory Lane. “This is a first of its kind. Rarely do we see a card of this nature enter the market,” said Wulkan, who has seen his share of T206 rarities over the years.
Brown Lenox are among the rarest T206 backs out of the many different brands whose names were imprinted on the backs of the cards that were inserted into cigarette packs over a three-year period from 1909-1911.
The auction is scheduled to close Saturday night, with bidding currently at over $6,600.