Eddie Plank - 1909-1911 T206 White Border

This is the second most desirable card in the famed T206 set and the only pose of the HOF pitcher. To this day, there is no clear explanation for the rarity of this card, a card that is nearly as tough as the Honus Wagner from the sameset. The most prevalent theory is that the card suffered from a poor printing plate, resulting in many of the cards being destroyed since they could not pass quality control. In addition, many of the known examples are found with poor centering from top to bottom. The centering can be so severe that it will cut into the text along the bottom. Eddie Plank, a master of off-speed pitches, was one of thegreatest left-handed pitchers in the game. Plank amassed 327 career wins and he remained the all-time leader in wins for a left-hander until Warren Spahn eclipsed the mark about 50 years later in the early 1960's. Plank won 20 or more games on eight separate occasions and he still owns the all-time record for most shutouts by a lefty with 69. What may be most impressive is the fact that Plank entered theleague at the age of 26, a late start for someone with such great overall numbers. Plank was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.

Edward Stewart “Eddie” Plank

Born: August 31, 1875 - Gettysburg, PA
Died: February 24, 1926 - Gettysburg, PA
Batted: LH
Threw: LH
Position: P
MLB Pitching Record: 326–194
ERA: 2.35

Teams:
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1901–1914)
St. Louis Terriers FL (1915)
St. Louis Browns AL (1916–1917)

“Gettysburg Eddie” Plank was famous for his quirks on the mound and his unusual crossfire delivery. He was known for talking to the ball about how many outs remained in the game, and his long pauses and fidgeting on the mound could frustrate players and irritate fans. Known as the slowest pitcher in the majors, Plank may have annoyed everyone on game day, but he won ballgames, 326 of them, making him third among lefties behind only Steve Carlton and Warren Spahn. His career 410 complete games and 69 shutouts are southpaw records that still stand today. Plank’s career game was Game 5 of the 1913 World Series when he threw a 2-hitter against Christy Mathewson, defeating the Giants 3–1 to win the World Series. Eddie Plank was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1946.

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories


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AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
01/01/2013 $88,875 4 192 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction Auction 03143937
01/01/2007 $21,150 1 138 Robert Edward Auctions 2007 Auction Auction 08183073
01/25/2013 $92,762 Auth 1 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLVII Auction 06485928

Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
3 EX-MT 6
3 EX-MT 6
3 EX-MT 6
4 EX 5
4 EX 5
4 EX 5