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1914 T216-2 Mino Cigarettes Tris Speaker - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,555
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Highest-graded example by SGC! Extremely rare tobacco card of Tris Speaker from the 1911 T216-2 Mino Cigarettes series. The T216-2 Mino Cigarettes set is one of the rarest of all 1910-era tobacco-card issues. Produced by the People's Tobacco Co. of New Orleans, the T216-2 set was regionally issued only in the Louisiana area. Cards from this set feature advertising from three People's Tobacco Co. brands: Kotton, Mino, and Virginia Extra. All are scarce; Mino may be the rarest of the three advertising backs. All Mino Tobacco cards are uncommon, but an example of key Hall of Famer Tris Speaker is especially desirable to serious collectors. This example is very conservatively graded by SGC. The natural glossed surface of these cards apparently is related to their harsh grading. We grade this card (at least) Vg-Ex, and in our opinion there is no question it has an Excellent overall appearance. This card is a gem! It is bright, clean, and crisp, front and back, with a perfectly registered image set against the multicolored background, just a hint of even wear to the corners, no major creases (just a couple of tiny, insignificant possible surface creases in the lower corners, which possibly just relate to the glossy surface coating of the card, can be seen under magnification), and fairly well centered slightly to the left border (approximately 35/65 L/R). The reverse is clean and beautifully centered with a crisply printed bold advertisement for Mino Cigarettes. This is a very striking and, especially for this condition-sensitive issue, a very high grade example of one of Tris Speaker's rarest tobacco cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,555
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