Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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"The Monster" has a number of rarities that are well-known among collectors, the first tier of which include the "Big Four" of Wagner, Plank, Magie and Doyle.  Those four cards are enormous and well-chronicled cards that routinely make waves in the hobby for their record sale prices.

The next tier of rarities in the set includes this, the Ray Demmitt St. Louis variation, largely considered one of the six most difficult T206 cards to obtain. Demmitt was a journeyman outfielder who compiled a seven-year career with five different teams.  A member of the Yankees, Demmitt was traded during the winter of 1909 to the St. Louis Browns, for pitcher Lou Criger.

When producing the baseball cards for the 1910 season, most of the ATC factory issues continued to depict Demmitt as a member of the Yankees.  Of all the factory issues, only the Polar Bear issue made the change to depict Demmitt with his proper team.  This created a significant variation within the set.  The Demmitt/St. Louis variation is considered to be one of the key rarities within the hobby's most widely-collected prewar issue.

Adding to the challenge, of course, is the fact that Polar Bear cards were not well-protected from the tobacco in the packs.  Being scrap tobacco as opposed to cigarettes, the loose tobacco in the packages made contact with the cards inside, resulting in significant staining and condition issues.  Indeed, PSA has listed 130 copies of the Demmitt/St. Louis variation in their population reports, and 38 of them have attained a grade of POOR/FAIR 1.

We're pleased to present such a collector grade Demmitt.  This example boasts minimal staining and a very strong eye appeal for the grade, the primary flaw being two creases that traverse the top half of the card.  Smaller creases and wrinkles mar the top left, but the card's subject remains clear, and the color very striking and bold.

Despite the condition, the card's rarity keeps prices high as demand continuously outweighs supply.  Even the lowest-grade T206 Demmit/St. Louis cards routinely approach and even exceed $1,000.  However, given that one of the few surviving copies graded EXCELLENT or better recently sold for nearly $13,000, the more commonly found low-grade examples are a better option for a more budget-conscious collector still looking to complete the set.

Population Data
PSA Population: 141 total graded, 38 at this level, 84 higher
SGC Population: 90 total graded, 14 at this level, 65 higher
1909-11 T206 Ray Demmitt (St. Louis Variation) - PSA PR-FR 11909-11 T206 Ray Demmitt (St. Louis Variation) - PSA PR-FR 1
1909-11 T206 Ray Demmitt (St. Louis Variation) - PSA PR-FR 1
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Minimum Bid: $300
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,062
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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