The most popular and widely-collected prewar card issue is undoubtedly the T206 issue. While the player selection is large and includes a large number of Hall of Famers, and the multitude of back varieties lends varying degrees of scarcity to the set, the issue also includes a number of rarities that represent some of the ultimate challenges to collectors. The Sherry Magee "Magie" error is one of them. Known as the fourth of the "Big Four" rarities in the set (the other three being the venerable Honus Wagner, Eddie Plank and "Slow Joe" Doyle (N.Y. Nat'l) cards), the Matie error is perhaps the least romantic from a collecting standpoint and yet that is part of its appeal. While nobody definitively knows the reason for the Plank and Wagner rarities, and the Doyle is so extremely rare that it escapes all but the most well-funded collectors, the reason for the Magie rarity is simple: Magee's name was initially misspelled, and corrected during the initial Piedmont 150 printing. Despite the variation only being known with the Piedmont 150 back, it is still considered by many collectors to be a necessary card for the completion of the T206 set. It is for this reason that its value continues to rise. One of the hobby's most important rarities, it is thought that only 150-200 examples of the card exist, the demand far exceeding the supply as more and more collectors tackle T206 and its many challenges.
Graded GOOD 2 by SGC, this example is one of the more attractive at this grade level, with some minor surface wear visible, primarily along the right side of the portrait. Corner and edge wear is also evident, as is a small amount of soiling at the bottom right. The image is well-centered from left to right, with a large bottom border and a clean reverse. Despite the wear, the image quality is sharp, with rich color and excellent registration. With an extremely high percentage of the known Magies existing at the lower end of the grade spectrum, an example as striking as this is highly desirable and will be extremely sought after for years to come.