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1912 T207 Brown Background Irving Lewis - No Emblem
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $14,100
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Presented is the rare Irving Lewis (no emblem on sleeve variation) card, a significant rarity from the popular T207 Brown Background series. It is fascinating that there are two distinct varieties of Lewis, which is such a significant rarity in the T207 set in either form. In our experience, it appears that the "no emblem on sleeve" variety is the rarer of the two, and the PSA population report confirms this (five versus twelve). Today collectors recognize many cards as being of various degrees of rarity in the T207 set, but Lewis (either variety) will always be recognized as one of the key rarities from the classic T207 set. Many advanced collectors consider Lewis even rarer than the famous Lowdermilk rarity. The card has a couple light creases, rounded corners and edge wear, and is centered to the top right (approximately 75/25 L/R and 30/70 T/B). There is no cigarette company advertisement on the reverse. Today these no-ad back cards are often referred to as "Anonymous" brand cards by collectors; in the old days many collectors referred to these as issued by Coupon Tobacco. This is a very attractive low-to mid-grade example of this key T207 rarity. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $14,100
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