"Scarce for the Grade" 1909 T206 Magie Error Card - Piedmont 150 Subjects/Factory 25 (SGC 60/5) - "1 of 3" SGC Examples; Only 1 Graded Higher!
If the T206 Honus Wagner is our illustrious hobby's "Holy Grail", then its T206 obscure brethren, Eddie Plank, Joe Doyle NY Nat'l and Sherry Magie "error" cards, should be classified as neighboring "Mona Lisa's". These "Big Four" are the incomparable subjects of the prestigious T206 Monster Set, and obtaining them is such an excruciating task, many collectors suffice by assembling 520 of the 524 subjects. Yet, there are a number of elite collectors that will stop at nothing to obtain all 524 T206 cards. Unfortunately, seldom do these cards become available depicting strong grades, and enthusiasts impatiently ponder when the next potential opportunity to capture at least ONE of the "Big Four" will surface. Courtesy of Memory Lane, one of the finest Sherry Magie error cards is now available for the taking as part of the illustrious T206 compilation.
This spectacular SGC 60/5 Magie error card stands as one of only three SGC "5's", with only a SOLE SGC copy graded higher! Further substantiating its incredible condition sensitivity is the COMBINED SGC and PSA "pop" charts that currently list 180 encapsulated copies; with only 4 of that total reflecting an "EX/5" grade, and a meager 7 examples reflecting higher technical assessments! Indeed, it is clearly obvious that locating a mid-grade Magie error card is a truly painstaking task, with only a handful of copies fortunate enough to carry the aesthetics of this remarkable keepsake! To understand the scarcity of the Magie error card, one needs to clearly grasp its true origin.
While Magee was a formidable player for 16 years, 10 consecutive years of which he was the Phillies leftfielder, his efforts on a baseball diamond fall short of Hall of Fame status. Fortunately for Magee, the Virginia "Factory 25" manufacturers of Piedmont Cigarette's inadvertently spelled his name "Magie" in their first 150 series release of his tobacco card, erroneously utilizing an "i" instead of the first "e" in his last name; immediately ensuring Magee's eternal popularity amongst advanced cardboard collectors. While the company quickly corrected their error, cardboard history was already written in stone, with a number of "Magie" error cards already released to the tobacco smoking community. So there you have it, a fourth legendary T206 card to forever chase and an heirloom so sanctified, it resides in PSA's "Top 250 Sports Card Hobby Guide".
Other than the Wagner, Plank and Cobb T206 images, NO tobacco portrait pose could possibly be considered more popular than Sherry Magee's Carl Horner image affixed to the iconic "Magie" error T206. We cannot overemphasize the sheer eminence of this grandeur artifact with its overall aesthetics worthy of the highest hobby accolades. Magee's iconic portrait image is virtually un-improvable, highlighted by its near-perfect resolution and tranquil facial hues that are set against a soft toned olive green background. The well-centered image exhibits only a "hint" of favoritism towards the left edge, and only a trace of even corner wear prevents a higher technical assessment. No noticeable surface blemishes are evident, and the verso's blue Piedmont Cigarettes 150 Subjects advertisement is completely intact. Simply stated, strong mid-grade Magie error cards projecting brilliant eye appeal are among the rarest of any T206 subjects, and with only a single SGC example graded higher, we highly expect a fierce battle for the right to claim final ownership of this magnificent T206 memento!
MIN BID $10,000