Two T206 Old Mill Southern Leaguer Color Anomalies sold for $5,036
Robert Edward Auctions (April 27, 2014)
Fascinating pair of Southern Leaguers from the 1909-1911 T206 White Border set, each of which is a unique
color anomaly. These two cards, Bay (Nashville) and Otey (Norfolk), are missing the yellow color process
which would normally provide the bold yellow backgrounds we are accustomed to seeing with these subjects.
Instead, the backgrounds are pink, providing an interesting and very unusual visual appearance. Both cards
feature an Old Mill Cigarettes advertising reverse and appear to be hand-cut, possibly from the same production
sheet, as the cuts on the edges appear to line up. Each card presents as Near Mint condition with virtually
perfect centering and four sharp corners. Light areas of discoloration are present in the left and bottom
borders of the Bay card and in the background of the Otey. The Old Mill backs are perfectly clean and boldly
printed in black ink. Over the years we have seen a few color anomalies from the T206 set exhibiting the same
characteristics, but we cannot recall seeing an example featuring a Southern Leaguer. The T206 set,
affectionately known as "The Monster," is the most popular of all 1910-era sets and is still yielding new
and exciting discoveries more than a century after its production. As collectors have become more sophisticated,
there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities and unusual cards associated with this landmark set.
These two cards are noteworthy T206 printing errors that we believe will be of great interest to T206 scholars
and collectors. Total: 2 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
Final Bid with Buyer's Premium (18.5%): $5,036