Want to be the last sucker to spend real money on a baseball card? We’ve got the perfect opportunity.
An Aug. 18 Seattle auction will include an extraordinarily rare, century-old Joe Doyle “Hands Up” error baseball card from the same T206 series that featured the renowned Honus Wagner card. One of very few of its type known to exist, the Doyle error card is expected to sell for as much as $200,000.
What makes the Doyle card rare and valuable is not the player’s pitching record – he won only 21 games over five seasons – but rather, the erroneous caption on the front of the card. Below the image of Doyle, the I.D. states that he played for New York of the National League, but in actuality the right-hander pitched for New York of the American League.
“Once the error was discovered they pulled the (printing) plate, chipped off the ‘National’ part, put the plate back on and continued making what experts believe was 99.9 percent of the run,” Grant Zahajko of MBA Seattle Auction House said.
The Doyle card was discovered in a scrapbook that had passed down through three generations of a Midwestern family.
Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through www.LiveAuctioneers.com. For additional information, contact MBA/Seattle Auction House by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 425-235-6345 or 425-277-7915. Online: www.mbaauction.com.