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Friday, August 31, 2018

My First T206 Sovereign Back: Wild Bill Donovan, Throwing, 350 Subjects, Forest Green (PSA 2 Miscut)

eBay has recently been running a number of promotions centered around earning eBay Bucks or taking off a percentage of a purchase over a certain amount. I try to take advantage when I can as I've gone months without any promotional offers. A 15% off the total promo was live and I locked in on four items including the below beautiful T206, which serves as the first Sovereign Back in my T206 Collection.

Wild Bill Donovan's Throwing Pose is just spectacular. Such great artwork, vivid colors, and a beautiful background. I fell in love with the card after we sold a raw copy at work and immediately regretted not buying it myself. This copy is slabbed a PSA 2 (MC) and presents very well.

The SABR write-up on Donovan is a great read. Donovan earned his nickname due to a penchant for walking batters and a penchant for displaying a poor temper. He for a time managed a young Babe Ruth in the minors; served as player/manager of the Yankees; played with Brooklyn for 4 years including his best season as a pro; was accused of having knowledge of the Black Sox Scandal; and died at the age of 47 in a train wreck.

Here's the gorgeous Sovereign Back. According to T206 Resource there's actually a variation on the Sovereign Backs in regards to just how green the back is. Some are Forest Green in hue and some are Apple Green. As colorblind as I am with close colors and shades, I'm going to venture a confident guess that my Wild Bill is the Forest Green variant.


  1. I don't ever think I'll have a grasp of all of the different backs and variations this set has to offer. But I guess it gives me something to live for ;)

    1. I didn't know the Sovereigns had a variation for the longest time. But it's one of the many things that keeps the chase of T206s so much fun!