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Ten Valuable Eddie Plank Baseball Collectibles

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Eddie Plank made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Athletics on May 13, 1901. Valuable Eddie Plank baseball collectibles include the rare 1909-11 T206 tobacco card, vintage press photos and Mothers' Bread, Kotton Cigarettes, Cracker Jack and Am

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-born Edward Stewart "Eddie" Plank (1875-1926) was one of baseball's most dominant pitchers. Called "Gettysburg Eddie," Plank played his 1901-1917 major league career with the Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Terriers and St. Louis Browns, amassing a 326-194 won-loss record, 2,246 strikeouts, 69 shutouts and a lifetime earned run average of 2.35. An eight-time 20-game winner, Eddie Plank was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

Here are ten valuable Eddie Plank baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia collectors with lots of disposable income. Now taking the mound once again the great Eddie Plank...

Eddie Plank 1909-11 T206 Tobacco Baseball Card

Eddie Plank graces the fabulous 1909-11 T206 tobacco baseball series where he accounts for one of the rarest cards in the hobby. Like Honus Wagner, it is believed Plank objected to his card being inserted into packs of cigarettes, hence the rarity. One graded example in stellar PSA excellent-mint 6 condition sold at auction for a whopping $188,000. An ad for Sweet Caporal Cigarettes is carried on the card's reverse.

Eddie Plank 1909-11 T206 card $188,000 - Robert Edward Auctions

Eddie Plank 1909-11 T206 card Piedmont Cigarettes Back Variation

A 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank card with the super rare Piedmont Cigarettes ad variation on back certified authentic by SGC brought $41,125 at auction. The card wasn't graded by SGC, but it was a lower-grade example and miscut by the original printer. It's been estimated that only three or four of these Piedmont variations are known to exist today. Find this card – no easy task! – in near mint condition and it could easily sell for over $200,000.

Eddie Plank 1910 E125 American Caramel Die-Cut Baseball Card

Eddie Plank can be found in the 1910 E125 American Caramel die-cut baseball issue. One graded example in SGC 30 good 2 condition sold at auction for $26,437.50.

Eddie Plank 1910 American Caramel die-cut card $26,437.50 - Robert Edward Auctions

Eddie Plank 1914 T216 Kotton Cigarettes Baseball Card

Eddie Plank of the St. Louis Terriers of the old Federal League graces the 1914 T216 Kotton Cigarettes baseball series. One graded example in PSA very good-excellent 4 condition brought $2,937.50 at auction. Kotton Cigarettes were made by Peoples Tobacco Co. Ltd. of New Orleans.

Eddie Plank 1914 T216 Kotton Tobacco card $2,937.50 - Robert Edward Auctions

Eddie Plank Circa 1909 Press Photo

A circa 1909 Eddie Plank press photo culled from The Detroit News archives in excellent condition brought $1,058 at auction.

Eddie Plank circa 1909 photograph $1,058 - Robert Edward Auctions

Eddie Plank 1916 D303 Mothers' Bread Baseball Card

Eddie Plank graces the rare 1916 D303 Mothers' Bread baseball series. One graded example in SGC 30 good 2 condition sold at auction for $2,350. The series was issued by the General Baking Co. of New Orleans which at the time advertised their loaves of bread for ten cents.

Eddie Plank 1916 Mothers' Bread card $2,350 - Robert Edward Auctions

Eddie Plank 1911 Diamond Gum Pinback Button

One of the rarest baseball pinback button series is the 1911 Diamond Gum issue. An Eddie Plank example in near mint/mint condition brought $1,160 at auction. Eddie Plank and the Philadelphia Athletics had captured both the 1910 and 1911 World Series titles.

Eddie Plank 1911 Diamond Gum pin $1,160 - Robert Edward Auctions

Eddie Plank 1908 PC760 T.R. Rose Postcard

A 1908 Eddie Plank postcard issued by T.R. Rose in very good/unused condition sold at auction for $1,763.

Eddie Plank 1915 Cracker Jack Baseball Card

"Candy-coated popcorn, peanuts and a prize..." In 1915, one of the prizes in Cracker Jack were baseball cards. A graded #6 Eddie Plank card in SGC 84 near mint 7 condition fetched a top bid of $2,629 at auction.

Eddie Plank 1915 Cracker Jack card $2,629 - Heritage Auctions

Eddie Plank 1910 E93 Standard Caramel Baseball Card

Eddie Plank graces the 1910 E93 Standard Caramel baseball series. One graded example in SGC 60 excellent 5 condition sold at auction for $1,553.50. The Standard Caramel Co. was based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Eddie Plank 1910 Standard Caramel card $1,553.50 - Heritage Auctions

Eddie Plank Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • Auction results and images courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, LLC, Watchung, New Jersey, and Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Eddie Plank original  circa 1913 photograph as a Philadelphia Athletic from the American Press Association $2,644 - Robert Edward Auctions

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