Eddie Plank T206 baseball card up 38.2% on estimate at Heritage



2015-06-26 13:02:15

Eddie Plank T206 baseball card up 38.2% on estimate at Heritage

An Eddie Plank baseball card from the famed T206 series has sold for $110,537

A rare Eddie Plank T206 baseball card has beaten its estimate by 38.2% at an October 27 auction.

Stemming from the famed 1909-1911 series, the SGC 60-graded card had come to Heritage Auctions' Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction in Dallas with an $80,000 estimate.

Eddie Plank baseball card The T206 Eddie Plank sold for $110,537

Yet, as we anticipated, it soared above this figure, selling for $110,537, a testament to the fact that only two versions of thecard are known to exist in a higher grade.

A lower SGC 50-graded example sold for $83,650 with Heritage last year.

While always outshone by the Honus Wagners from the series, Eddie Planks are among the scarcest T206s around, with just 28 SGC graded examples known.

Like Wagner, Plank's "aversion to tobacco advertisement and contractual stalemate with the American Tobacco Company" are among the potential reasons behind the scarcity of his cards, according to the auctioneer.

A 1916 M101-5 Blank Back Babe Ruth Rookie SGC 60 also performed well, selling for $71,700, while an SGC 86-graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle made $53,775 -the second highest of the nine examples ever graded by SGC.

The sale continues a strong year for 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 superb results this August, while a "very good-3" graded Honus Wagner T206 made $1.23m in April, which amounts to a 6.72% parise in value for Honus Wagners of that grade since 2008.

Away from the cards, there was also a good performance from a Mickey Mantle bat, used by the great switch-hitter in the 1953 All-Star game. It sold for $59,750.

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