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The nuances of the T206 set are so wide-ranging and fascinating that they have spawned a myriad of collector types: while some are purely set completists, others choose to segment their collection by restricting their T206 pursuit to Hall of Famers, members of a given team, cards with a certain back advertisement (or the corollary, all the available back varieties of a single player), types of player pose, or any number of other possibilities.

One of the most popular T206s pursuits is to assemble a collection of each of the 38-40 different back varieties produced in this issue.  As the subtleties and complexities of the T206 issue become more closely studied by hobby scholars, back collecting continues to grow in popularity among collectors, which has resulted in an explosion in values among T206s with difficult back varieties.  

One of the most difficult - and least understood - varieties is the simple blank back.  Unmarked with the traditional back advertisement for an ATC tobacco brand, "authentic" blank backs are typically hand cut and not factory cut.  These cards are thought by most to be a form of "printer's scrap;" cards which were not completed and discarded for whatever reason, only to be later hand cut.  Were sheets taken out the back door and hand cut, to be collected by an ATC employee's child?  Were they cut down and used as reference copies by the printer or quality control worker?  Were they simply thrown away but somehow survived, only to be cut later by an enterprising collector?  It is likely we will never know - what we do know, however, is that the T206 scholars at estimate that the blank back is the tenth most scarce back variety of all - more difficult than even the highly sought-after Carolina Brights, Piedmont Factory 42, or American Beauty 460 backs.

Still, the blank-backed T206 will remain a fascinating variety of T206 card, and a necessary component of any T206 back collection.

Presented here is a stellar example: a clean, well-cut version of Cincinnati pitcher Harry Gasper.  With a striking image and vivid color, the Gasper is not plagued by many of the wear and tear issues exhibited by many blank-backed T206 cards, nor is the hand-cut done in a sloppy way.  Instead, the edges are cut close to the card image, giving the illusion of an unusually narrow-bordered card, as found with American Beauty-backed T206s.  Unmistakably hand cut, the upper and lower borders are slightly wavy and uneven.  Only mild creasing is evident, in a light crease at the lower left corner that is barely visible at arm's length, along with a faint wrinkle on the back that does not break through to the front of the card.

This is a beautiful example of a difficult type and possibly unique card, a necessity for any T206 back collection.
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1909-11 T206 Harry Gasper with Rare Blank Back!
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,298
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
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