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1913 T200 Fatima Cleveland Americans Premium with Joe Jackson
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $29,625
Presented is one of tobacco-card collecting's most impressive, elusive, and majestic prizes: The large-format T200 Fatima Premium of the Cleveland Nationals, including Joe Jackson. This gigantic team display photograph of the Cleveland Naps was issued as a special premium by Fatima cigarettes and was available only by mail. All T200 premiums are extremely rare. Since the earliest days of organized collecting, they have been revered by advanced collectors and have been recognized as among the rarest and most extraordinary of all cards or premiums ever produced. They are extremely well made and are essentially gigantic display versions of the small T200 Fatima team cards, produced specifically for home display. The Cleveland Americans are considered by many to be the most desirable team in this series, because of the inclusion on this team of future "Black Sox" star Joe Jackson, as well as Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie. This extraordinary T200 premium has a fascinating provenance: It originates directly from the collection of former Major Leaguer Jack Graney, who was a teammate of Joe Jackson with the Cleveland Naps (Jack Graney appears on the premium, in the front row seated on the left). Apparently, Graney (or a relative) either personally asked Fatima for this, received it as a gift, or maybe simply sent in the coupons to Fatima to get it as required by other Fatima customers. However he got it, he kept it in perfect condition as a special family keepsake his entire life. He passed away in 1978 and his family sold it just a few years ago.
T200 Premiums, which are giant versions of the T200 Fatima team cards packaged with Fatima cigarettes, feature team photos on thick cardboard mounts, and are ideal for display. These large premium team cards are among the rarest of all baseball tobacco issues, and were available only by mail in exchange for 40 coupons, which were included (one per pack) with Fatima cigarettes. This example has two very small surface tears (upper left and right portion of the premium), which are of no consequence. The premium still has an overall Near Mint appearance, presents a magnificent and crystal-clear image, and is ideal for display. This is an extraordinary example of this key T200 Fatima Premium, and one of Joe Jackson's greatest and most impressive tobacco-card rarities. Dimensions: 11.75 x 19.5 inches. This item was sold at REA in 2010 for $18,800 and has been consigned to this auction directly from the buyer at that auction. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000+. SOLD FOR $29,625
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