Joe Doyle 1909 – 1911 T206 (New York, Nat'l variation) SGC 50
The Joe Doyle 1909 – 1911 T206 (New York, Nat'l variation) SGC 50 is the third most expensive baseball trading card ever sold.
It garnered $329,000 in 2009.
This American Tobacco Company card from 1909-1911 is renowned for its rarity and value.
The company confused Joe Doyle, pitcher for the New York Highlanders of the American League, with the New York Giants’ Larry Doyle of the National League or “Nat’l” as it was printed on the card.
To correct the mistake, the printer decided to simply remove the “Nat’l” very early in the print run. This has ensured the scarcity of the “Nat’l” variation.
Robert Edward Auctions described the card as: “Piedmont 350 back. Perfectly centered. Bright and clean, both front and back. Even corner wear. No creases.”
“Slow” Joe Doyle was a pitcher with the New York Highlanders and the Cincinnati Reds who operated between 1906 and 1910.
He received his nickname due to the lengthy period of time he took between pitches.
History of the card
The error card variation is the rarest in the T206 collection and was unknown until the 1970s. It was discovered by collector Larry Fritsch.
There is debate regarding how many of this variation exist. Figures range from six to the PSA’s report of nine.
The card sold for $329,000 in a 2009 Robert Edward Auctions event.