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1912 S110 Tobacco Premium Baseball-Motif Pillowcase
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,463
Outstanding example of the S110 pillowcase tobacco premium featuring baseball players. One of the great classic baseball display pieces of the 1910 era, this colorful extremely high quality premium could be obtained only by mail in exchange for coupons packaged with Helmar and Turkey Red Tobacco. The pillowcase features Christy Mathewson in the center surrounded by "Home Run" Baker, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, and Marty O'Toole. The illustrations of the ballplayers are identical to those used in the S81 premium silk set, and almost identical to those used in the T3 Turkey Red set and the rare L1 Leather set, all of which were part of this same promotion. The pillowcase was the ultimate prize of the promotion, requiring the most coupons in exchange (100 coupons were needed to get a pillowcase). Not only are S110 pillowcases one of the premier tobacco-related display pieces of the era, in the eyes of many advanced collectors they also represent one of the most outstanding values in all of 1910-era tobacco issues. An S81 of Ty Cobb all alone would sell for far more than an S110 (which includes Cobb) in similar condition. This example is unique in that the original owner sewed a lace fringe around the entire border area, indicating that instead of being used as a pillowcase, it may have once been a decorative covering for a small end table or sofa. The fringe enhances its extraordinary display value, as intended, and it remains an exceptionally attractive example of this highly desirable and scarce tobacco premium. Of special note is the fact that this pillowcase (26 x 26 inches, with the fringe) has no fading, which is a common problem with S110s, and all of the colors remain bright and vibrant. There are a few small areas of very light discoloration, nearly all of which are quite unobtrusive and not immediately apparent, and that do not detract in the least from its overall strong Excellent appearance. Beautifully matted and framed to total dimensions of 30 x 30 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $6,463
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