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1912 L1 Leather Walter Johnson
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $22,040.00
L1 Leather tobacco premium of legendary Hall of Famer Walter Johnson. This is an extraordinary example of one of the key Hall of Famers from one of the rarest and most desirable of all tobacco premium issues. L1 Leathers were issued as part of the same promotion as T3 Turkey Reds and S81 Silks. All three of these issues were available only by mail in exchange for coupons packaged with Helmar "Turkish Trophies" brand tobacco. Ten coupons were needed to get a T3, twenty-five coupons for an S81 silk, and fifty coupons were required to obtain each L1 Leather. The L1 Leathers are by far the rarest of these three classic premium tobacco issues. Walter Johnson, of course, is one of the keys to the L1 set, and this is one of the rarest and most desirable of all Walter Johnson tobacco issues. One of fewer than ten L1 Walter Johnsons known. This is an extremely high-grade example, with one small pinhole at the top, as is often the case with L1s, otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $22,040.00
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