1909 T206 O'Hara "St. Louis"– Polar Bear (PSA Good 2/MK)
It is no secret that the highly-coveted Bill O'Hara "St. Louis" T206 subject resides as one of the true cornerstones of the colossal T206 "Monster" set. That said, presented here is a PSA 2/MK O'Harra St. Louis subject. After Bill O'Hara was traded from the New York Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals, only the Polar Bear company reflected this change in their tobacco issues. All other factory issues printed O'Hara in a New York Giants uniform, and a significant T206 variation was born! The limited number of T206 St. Louis O'Hara's now command significant dollars, and are amongst the toughest six T206's to obtain. Bill (William) O'Hara played major league baseball for only two seasons (1909 and 1910). Yet, it was his switching teams in-between those two fateful years that led to his iconic T206 St. Louis Nat'l subject.
This offering portrays a spectacular central image resolution and extremely rich blue/green hues as O'Hara portrays his classic batting stance. Exhibiting fine centering, the technical assessment and "MK" qualifier are due to paper loss near the lower right edge as well as some stray red notations likewise along the lower right border, both of which have compromised the "Louis" text. Otherwise, the card exhibits superb aesthetics including the verso's fresh-looking Polar Bear cigarette advertisement that includes a notation above the Polar Bear text likewise contributing to the "MK" qualifier ("251" is written in a light silver ink). Many advanced vintage collectors continue to tackle the challenge of trying to build a complete T206 "Monster Set". For most, accumulating 520 of the 524 cards (excluding the "Big Four") is more than sufficient, with this O'Hara St. Louis offering presenting a grand opportunity to add another big piece to your T206 puzzle!
MIN BID $300