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The T206 issue contains 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.  These four cards are well-chronicled ones 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.

This particular Demmitt, while exhibiting some minor such staining, largely has a very strong appearance.  The card's primary condition flaw, which has caused the resulting AUTHENTIC grade from PSA, is a small amount of color added to the card in the form of a small patch of ink added to Demmit's cap, likely to cover a spec of paper loss.  The added color is not obtrusive by any means, and is difficult to see without close examination, but is certainly present.  Despite this, a T206 Demmitt variation remains in strong demand among collectors.  Even the lowest-grade T206 Demmitt/St. Louis cards routinely approach and exceed $1,000.  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 often a better option for a budget-conscious collector still looking to complete the set.  This example, with an appearance suited more to a GOOD or VERY GOOD grade, would be an outstanding addition to a midgrade T206 collection.

Population Data
SGC Population: 94 total graded, 12 at this level, 82 higher
PSA Population: 76 total graded, 8 at this level, 68 higher*

*It is entirely possible that more PSA-graded T206 Demmitt/St Louis variations exist but are currently categorized in PSA's population reports as "Unknown Back."  PSA only recently began classifying T206 cards by their back variety.
Scarce 1909-11 T206 Ray Demmitt St. Louis Variation - SGC AScarce 1909-11 T206 Ray Demmitt St. Louis Variation - SGC A
Scarce 1909-11 T206 Ray Demmitt St. Louis Variation - SGC A
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium.: $826
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
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