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1912 T207 Brown Background Louis Lowdermilk - SGC EX/NM 80
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $5,581
Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. Highest-graded example by SGC and only one graded higher by PSA! Crisp, clean, super high-grade example of T207 Louis Lowdermilk, one of the legendary rarities of tobacco cards. This card looks NM and has most likely been downgraded to EX/NM by SGC due to the approximately 25/75 left-to-right centering (centering problems are a common characteristic of T207s). Lowdermilk has long been recognized as the key rarity of the T207 Brown Background tobacco-card series. In the 1930s, in the original American Card Catalog by Jefferson Burdick, Lowdermilk was the only card listed as rarer and more valuable than others in the T207 set. (At that time, its value was listed at $1. The T206 Wagner was listed at $50.) Today collectors recognize many cards as being of various degrees of rarity in the T207 set, but Lowdermilk will always be the most famous key rarity of the classic T207 set. There is no cigarette company advertisement on the reverse. Today these no-ad back cards are often referred to as "Anonymous" brand cards by collectors; in the old days many collectors referred to these as issued by Coupon Tobacco. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grade is $7,500. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000+. SOLD FOR $5,581
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