Eddie Plank T206 baseball card to smash $80,000 estimate at Heritage


2015-06-26 13:00:56


Eddie Plank T206 baseball card to smash $80,000 estimate at Heritage

We're expecting a rare Eddie Plank T206 baseball card to perform superbly on October 27

A rare Eddie Plank T206 baseball card will auction on October 27, when it appears at Heritage Auctions' Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction in Dallas.

Stemming from the famed 1909-1911 series, the SGC 60 EX 5 graded card has an $80,000 estimate, a testament to the fact that only two versions of thecard are known to exist in a higher grade. Yet we believe it remains undervalued at this price - a lower SGC 50 graded example sold for $83,650 with Heritage last year.

Eddie Plank baseball cardEddie Planks are among the rarest T206s, after Honus Wagners of course

After the supremely rare Honus Wagner from the series, T206 Eddie Planks are among the scarcest around, with just 28 SGC graded examples known.

Like Honus, an "aversion to tobacco advertisement and contractual stalemate with the American Tobacco Company" are the commonly touted reasons behind the rarity of the Plank cards, states Heritage.

With online bidding underway the price is already up to $35,000.

Also featuring at the auction will be a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, graded at SGC 96, which has a $50,000 valuation.

This has been a superb year at the top end of the baseball card market.

37 cards from the Black Swamp Find, a collection of 700 previously unknown E 98 series baseball cards from 1910, achieved stunning results in August, while a "very good-3" graded Honus Wagner T206 sold for $1.23m in April, representing a 6.72% parise in value for Honus Wagners of that grade since 2008.

We will bring you full results from the sale later in the month.

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