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1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco "Series 3" Texas League Complete Set (95)
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $9,988
Complete set of all ninety-five different 1910 T210 Old Mill "Series 3" cards featuring Texas League players. The T210 set is actually comprised of eight different series, each a set unto itself, representing a different minor league. The "Series 3" cards feature players from the Texas League, including Hank Gowdy and Rogers Hornsby's brother Everett. This subset also includes Morris, of special note to collectors as the only horizontal pose in the entire T210 set of 640 cards. A complete series such as this is very rarely offered. This "Series 3" set is part of an extraordinary complete T210 Old Mill set (Series 1 through 8) that was assembled over a period of many years by an extremely advanced collector, and that is being offered by series in this auction. Sixty-two cards range from Vg-Ex to Ex (includes a few Ex-Mt or better), and thirty-three are in slightly lesser grade (mostly Vg). It is interesting to note that thirteen cards in this set have distinctly "orange borders." This complete "Series 3" set consists of the following: Alexander, Ash, Bandy, Barkenkemp, Belew, Bell, Bennett, Berlick, Billiard (orange borders), Blanding (orange borders), Blue, Burch (orange borders), Burk, Carlin, Conaway, Corkill, Cowan, Coyle, Crable, Curry (orange borders), Dale, Davis, Deardorff, Donnelley, Doyle, Drucke, Dugey, Ens, Evans, Fillman, Firestine (orange borders), Francis, Galloway, Gardner, Gear, Glawe, Gordon, Gowdy, Harbison, Harper, Hicks, Hill, Hinninger, Hirsch, Hise, Hooks (orange borders), Hornsby, Howell, Johnston (orange borders), Jolley, Jones (orange borders), Kaphan, Kipp, Leidy, Malloy, Maloney, McKay, Meagher, Merritt, Mills, Morris, Mullen, Munsell, Nagel (orange borders), Northen (orange borders), Ogle, Onslow, Pendleton, Powell, Riley, Robertson, Rose, Salazor, Shindel, Shontz, Slaven, Smith (bat over shoulder), Smith (bat at hip), Spangler, Stadeli, Stinson, Storch, Stringer (orange borders), Tesreau, Thebo (orange borders), Tullas, Walsh, Watson, Weber, Weeks, Wertherford, Wickenhofer, Williams, Woodburn, and Yantz (orange borders). The T210 Old Mill Tobacco card set has always been extremely highly regarded by advanced collectors due to its featuring so many players that appear in no other sets, as well as its very distinctive design, its scarcity compared to most other tobacco-card sets of the era, and its extremely striking photos that are unique to the set. The T210 Old Mill set is also well known by all collectors due to its inclusion of Joe Jackson (Series 8) and Casey Stengel (Series 6), two of the most famous and valuable of all baseball cards. It is virtually impossible to complete the entire set, and only a few complete sets (or even sets minus a few cards) have ever been assembled. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a complete set of one of the key series, featuring Texas League players of the Southern League (interesting note: some of these players will be familiar for their appearance in T206), painstakingly assembled by an extremely dedicated advanced collector. As is often the case with these red-bordered cards, there is some wear to the red borders, mostly in the corners. This is a particularly impressive group, far better than normally found, with many cards in very high grade for this condition-sensitive issue. Total: 95 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $9,988
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