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Circa 1910 T218, T219, T220, T227 & T100 Tobacco-Card Collection (213)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,645
Collection of 213 different cards from five different classic 1910-era tobacco issues (includes boxers and other athletes) in mixed grade (ranging from Poor to Vg-Ex). 1) T100 Honest Tobacco "Silhouettes" (40 total cards, 39 of the 50 cards in the set). Twenty-one cards range from Vg to Ex, nineteen range from Pr to Gd. Issued in 1910 by the Honest Tobacco Company, this scarce set features silhouette images of various characters and professions (bartender, fireman, fisherman, policeman, waiter, etc.). The cards measures 2-1/4 x 3-3/8 inches. 2) T218 Champion Athletes and Prize Fighters (100 of the 153 cards in the set). 71% Gd to Vg and 29% Fr to Pr. The T218s feature boxers and various champion athletes of the era, including bowlers, billiards champions, and track-and-field stars. Partial set consists of thirty boxers including Joe Gans (Pr), Joe Jeannette (Pr), James Jeffries (Pr), Sam Langford (Vg); three golfers (Hobens, Low, Smith); three aviators (Hamilton, Hoxsey, Moisant); fifteen pool & billiard players (Kline, Cutler, Cutler/port., Daly, De Oro, Demarest, Hoppe, Hoppe/port., Hueston, Keogh, Morningstar, Morningstar/port., Sutton, Sutton/port., Weston); four bowlers (Dunbar, Heins, Johns, Riddell); and forty-five track & field stars. 3) T219 Champion Pugilists (19 of the 50 cards in the set). Fifteen cards range from Gd to Vg: Attell, Baldwin, Brannigan, Delmont, Deshler, Driscoll, Hurley, Kaufman, Keyes, Klaus, Kline, H. Lewis, W. Lewis, Marto, and Stewart; four cards are Pr: Brown, Corbett, Russell, and West. 4) T220 Champion Athlete and Prize Fighter Series (45 of the 50 cards in the set). Missing just five cards for completion (Beecher, Burke, Donovan of today, Fitzsimmons, Jeffries/Sharkey). 71% Vg to Vg-Ex and 29% Gd and slightly lesser. Keys: James Corbett (Vg), Jack Dempsey (Pr), George Dixon (Vg), Joe Gans ("silver border," Vg), McGovern ("silver border," Vg), Sullivan/Kilrain (Vg), Peter Jackson ("silver border," Vg-Ex), and John Sullivan (Gd). 5) T227 Series of Champions (9 of the 25 cards in the set): Coulon (boxer, Pr), Goodwin (swimmer, Pr), Hilton (golf, Pr), Hoppe (pool player, Gd), Klaus (boxer, Pr), Kramer (runner, Pr), Mulford (auto racer, Vg), Sheppard (runner, Vg), and Zbyszko (wrestler, Fr). This is a fascinating and very substantial original-owner collection of 1910-era tobacco cards including ninety-six boxing cards. Total 213 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,645
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