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1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco Casey Stengel
Starting Bid - $5,000.00 , Sold For - $41,125.00
Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Magnificent example of key T210 Red Border Casey Stengel, featured as an outfielder with Maysville of the Blue Grass League, at the very beginning of his career. This is one of card collecting's most interesting, noteworthy, and scarce tobacco cards. Although not quite as uncommon as Joe Jackson (from Series 8) in the T210 Old Mill set, the Stengel (from Series 6) is still far rarer than a T206 Wagner, with only approximately 15 examples known. Together Jackson and Stengel are the two most famous cards from this series, and two of the rarest and most highly prized of all tobacco cards. The offered example is an extremely attractive card, one of the best T210 Stengels known and far better than most T210 Old Mill cards (which with their bright red borders are so susceptible to corner and edge wear). Bright and clean, with very consistent, even wear on the corners (predominately the upper and lower left), fairly well centered (approximately 60/40 left to right), and with virtually no chipping to the fragile red borders. The reverse has a few scattered very light and insignificant spots, of no consequence, and is otherwise bright and clean, with strong, crisp printing of the advertisement for Old Mill Cigarettes. The front of the card has only a single very tiny hairline surface crease to Stengel's right (running from his shoulder to the upper left corner), and a similar tiny surface crease in the lower right edge, both barely detectable and only visible when the card is tilted at the proper angle. Difficult to value because of its extreme rarity, this is an exceptionally strong example of what is without question one of the premier tobacco-card rarities of the 1910 era. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $41,125.00
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