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1914 T216 Kotton Tobacco Christy Mathewson
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,015
Extremely rare tobacco card of Christy Mathewson from the 1914 Kotton Tobacco set. The Kotton Tobacco set shares designs with several other closely related caramel and bakery issues (E90-1 American Caramel Company, E92 Dockman & Sons, etc.) from the same era. All Kotton Tobacco cards are extremely rare, but an example of Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson is especially noteworthy. Produced by the People's Tobacco Co. of New Orleans, the Kotton Tobacco series was regionally issued only in the Louisiana area. These cards have glossy surfaces, which are very susceptible to cracking. This is an exceptionally attractive card with bright, crisp colors, clean front and back, perfect registration, light wear on the four square corners, no creases, and is also very well centered (approximately 45/55 top to bottom centering when held horizontally as intended). The reverse has a boldly printed advertisement. It is interesting to note Mathewson’s name is misspelled “Matthewson” on this card. Consigned to REA by a longtime collector who has had this card many years, and submitted for grading by REA. This card has a possible slight trim and therefore has been encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC as opposed to being assigned a numerical grade. We are not 100% convinced this card is actually trimmed, and it may be the case that it is sheet-cut or simply has a slight original as-made cutting anomaly. We're not sure, but it certainly appears to be full size. (In fact, it looks huge!) In either case, the card has an extraordinary Ex-Mt appearance, and is an extremely attractive example of one of the rarest of all Christy Mathewson tobacco cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,015
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