Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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We draw the conclusion that Rudy Strejc was likely a smoker of Old Mill cigarettes based upon the number of cards in his collection that had Old Mill backs.  The collection contained 100 or so T206s, most of which had Old Mill backs.  This yielded a pretty cool assortment of cards, including a generous proportion of Hall of Famers (two Cobbs, a Matty, a Johnson, and several others).

While the Old Mill reverse isn't necessarily scarce, it was refreshing to see such a large grouping of cards with that back variety, as opposed to the ubiquitous Sweet Caporal and Piedmont backs we're so accustomed to seeing.  Of 37 possible back varieties, the website T206Resource.com ranks the Old Mill back approximately #27 in terms of scarcity.

What is exceptional about T206Resource.com, however, is that it serves as a clearing house for possible front/back combinations.  When our consignor first discovered the collection, he used T206Resource.com to draw a pretty cool conclusion:

The Josh Devore card in his collection had never before been seen with an Old Mill reverse.

Devore was a decent ballplayer.  Through his seven-year career (mostly with the New York Giants), Devore hit .277 with a .361 OBP, mostly as a reserve outfielder (though he hit leadoff for the 1911 and 12 Giants).  He was known as an expert baserunner, and after his major league career ended, he went back to the minors, where he stayed until retiring at the end of the 1924 season.

While there are most certainly Devore player collectors, he wasn't Honus Wagner.  It's not Devore's popularity that makes this card special, it's the card's scarcity.  With the millions and millions of T206s that have circulated through the hobby, there is currently no record of another T206 Josh Devore with an Old Mill back.

Like so many cards in the Rudy Strejc Collection, we had this one authenticated by SGC.  As with most of the T206 cards, a well-meaning relative kindly trimmed the card's borders so that they could be fit into a plastic sheet, thereby avoiding damage to the card.  As such, the card received an "AUTHENTIC" designation from SGC.  However, a collector won't be interested in the card because of it's condition.

A collector would be interested in this card because, as of now, it's the only one.  A one of one T206 card.  From the Rudy Strejc Collection.

Population Data

SGC Population: 1 total graded, 1 at this level, 0 higher

PSA Population: 0 graded. 

1909-11 T206 Old Mill Josh Devore - Only Known Copy! (1/1) - SGC AUTH1909-11 T206 Old Mill Josh Devore - Only Known Copy! (1/1) - SGC AUTH
1909-11 T206 Old Mill Josh Devore - Only Known Copy! (1/1) - SGC AUTH
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,242
Number Bids: 30
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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