T206 Mullaney/Young Multi-Brand Overstrike Reverse SGC-Auth sold for $68,125
Memory Lane Inc. (Sept 9, 2023)
Lot # 93: 1909-11 T206 Cy Young Portrait (Ghost)/Mullaney Multi-Tobacco Brand Overstrike Reverse SGC Authentic
T206 mania continues to sweep across the hobby, with esteemed tobacco collectors painstakingly seeking the rarest
T206 subjects. One of the foremost T206 collecting angles is assembling factory-issued anomalies such as "scrapper
sheet" cards that were not originally machine cut within the factory and placed in cigarette packs. Such is the case
for this miraculous SGC Authentic T206 Mullaney/Cy Young Portrait "Ghost" offering, which includes an extraordinary
SEVEN different overstrikes on the card's reverse. A one of a kind marvel, it truly stands as the most significant
T206 Overstrike example on the planet! While there are other known T206 overstrikes, rare Brown Old Mill/Lenox
ad-backs, as well as some Missing Ink T206s, no overstrike anomaly can possibly compare to this Cy Young "Ghost"
offering. Its origin is most likely attributed to an inadvertent stage in the printing process whereby multiple strikes
to the card's flip side resulted in a tobacco scrapper sheet reflecting an erroneous array of T206 subjects, with these
flawed sheets pulled from production before the card-cutting stage.
Similar to Brown Old Mill, the handful of T206 overstrikes we have seen also reflect Authentic grades since they were
manually cut from scrapper sheets salvaged from the factory's refuse by intrigued employees. Incredible as it may seem,
and courtesy of a sophisticated, and anonymous, T206 enthusiast, we have included images of all seven overstrikes,
one of which is the iconic T206 Cy Young Portrait "Ghost" image originally struck by renowned photographer Carl Horner.
As you can see, the four T206 cigarette ad overstrikes include: Piedmont Cigarettes, El Principe De Gales (one right
side up; one upside down), and Old Mill Cigarettes. The final two printing defects are a yellow and white Cy Young
silhouette as well as a rogue mix of yellow and white patterns. SGC has rightfully flipped the card in their holder,
portraying the overstrike verso via the holder's front side, with the card's obverse Mullaney image facing the back
of the holder. The undisputed king of any known T206 overstrike subject, courtesy of its iconic Cy Young "Ghost"
image, we cannot even begin to comprehend its potential value, and will let the sophisticated tobacco enthusiast
ultimately determine its true worth!
Final Bid with Buyer's Premium (20%): $68,125
Periodical - T206 Mullaney (Southern League) Overprint Back With Cy Young and Old Mill (Brown) PSA-Auth sold for $19,120