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1912 C46 Imperial Tobacco Complete Set (90)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $8,120.00
80% range from Ex to Ex-Mt, 17% Vg-Ex to Vg-Ex/Ex, 3% slightly lesser. Issued in 1912 by the Imperial Tobacco Company, the 90-card C46 set is the only 1910-era tobacco baseball set issued in Canada. The players featured in this set are members of the eight teams of the Eastern League (Rochester, Toronto, Buffalo, Newark, Providence, Baltimore, Montreal, and Jersey City). The set includes many players with Major League experience, including Hall of Famers Joe Kelley and Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity plus Chicago "Black Sox" member "Chick" Gandil. Keys: #1 O'Hara (Vg/Vg-Ex, nice card, no creases, corner wear), 2 McGinley (Ex), 27 Kelly (Ex/Ex-Mt), 41 Taylor (Ex), 65 Gandil (Ex-Mt), 77 McGinnity (Ex), 85 Carlo (tiny indentation on the reverse otherwise Ex), 89 McCarty (Vg-Ex), 90 Curtis (Vg-Ex/Ex). The unique and striking design of the set, and the fact that many players in the C46 set are familiar to collectors as they also appear in other sets of the era (especially the T206 White Border set), make this extremely rare and beautiful issue of special note to collectors. The C46 cards feature a portrait of the player inside an oval surrounded by a woodgrain background. The flush-to-the-border design make the edges and corners particularly susceptible to chipping and wear. This is a particularly impressive complete set of this rare issue. In all our years we have offered only two other sets, and we doubt that more than ten sets in total exist in the entire collecting world. This one might be the best. Rarely offered in any grade, this is a magnificent high-grade complete set of one of the most elusive and condition-sensitive tobacco issues of the era. The auction catalog estimate provided is based solely on the 2005 Standard Catalog guide. The far greater rarity of C46s compared to almost all other tobacco cards of the era, the infrequency with which cards (let alone complete sets) are offered, and the inherent condition-sensitivity of the issue, all suggest to us that the Standard Catalog values appear to be extremely low for this issue. Total 90 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $8,120.00
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