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1910-1912 T215 Red Cross Tobacco (Type 2) Topsy Hartsel - Highest Graded!

  • Sold For: $830
  • Year: 1910
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 268
  • Auction Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. Highest-graded example! Extremely rare sample card of 1910-1912 T215 Red Cross Tobacco (Type 2) featuring Topsy Hartsel of the Philadelphia Americans. T215 Red Cross is one of tobacco-card collecting's most overlooked issues. Very similar in design and borrowing images from the T206 set, T215 Red Cross cards are believed to have been issued exclusively in the Louisiana area. The cards measure 1-1/2" x 2-5/8", which is the standard size for tobacco issues. This is an outstanding and particularly attractive card in all respects, and is simply far superior to what is normally found for Red Cross Tobacco. In our opinion, this card is even stronger than suggested by its impressive SGC grade. We grade this card Near Mint. This is a stunning card, bright and clean, with vibrant colors, perfect centering, and four sharp corners. The reverse is also perfectly centered, and is relatively clean and with bold crisp print, all ideal qualities for a sample of this scarce issue. The slight hints of toning or the few extremely light surface abrasions (barely detectable and of no consequence at all) on the reverse are likely responsible for the card being downgraded from Near Mint to Mint. T215s tend to survive in very modest condition, which makes this sample all the more noteworthy. Only 215 T215 (of all Type 1 and Type 2 cards) examples have ever been graded by SGC; of these, only two have been graded EX/NM 80 (including this card) and not a single example has ever been graded higher. This is an extremely high grade sample from one of tobacco-card collecting's rarest sets. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $830

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