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1910 T212 Obak "175 Subjects" Complete Set (175)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $29,375
Gorgeous complete high-grade set of 1910 T212 Obak Cigarettes cards (175 cards). Obaks are among the most popular of all early card issues featuring players from the Pacific Coast League. While catalogued simply as T212, Obaks were actually issued over a period of three years, from 1909 to 1911, and are really three sets. The offered 1910 Obak set (which has 175 cards), in addition to featuring players from the six PCL teams, also features players from the four-team Northwestern League. The 1910 set cards are easily distinguished by the blue printing on their backs in a less ornate font than the 1909 cards. This is a magnificent set that has been locked away for decades in the collection of one of the hobby's great pioneer collectors (who passed away in 2009). We have selected thirteen cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The complete SGC condition composite follows: Two NM 84: Miller (San Francisco) and Shafer. Five EX/NM 80: Burrell, Carlisle, Garrett, Schmutz, and Tozer. Five EX 60: Baum, Dretchko, Flannagan, Manush, and Nagle. One VG/EX 50: Bonner. The balance of the cards grade as follows: 90% range from Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), 10% slightly lesser. Thirty-one of the cards have a factory rubber stamp on the reverse. This is by far the highest-grade set of these rare minor-league tobacco cards we have ever seen. All of the cards are bright and crisp, with vibrant colors, perfect registration, and with a much better appearance than suggested by their already impressive technically accurate grades. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive complete high-grade set of these early classics. Sharp-looking set! Total: 175 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $29,375
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