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1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet-Card Collection (28)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,628.75
Collection of twenty-eight 1911 Turkey Red cabinet cards, including seven Hall of Famers. These cards were part of a very substantial, totally untouched collection of 1910-era tobacco cards consigned to this auction (all cards from this collection appear in several lots throughout the auction), which was saved for decades by the family of the original owner. One of the T3 Turkey Red cards from the collection (Ty Cobb) is being offered as a separate lot due to value. This lot represents the twenty-eight remaining T3 Turkey Red cards included in the collection. This is a mixed, mostly low-grade group, but includes ten very respectable Vg examples and two Vg-Ex examples. Many appear stronger at a glance, and all have a very fresh appearance, with brilliant colors (this, of course, is related to having been safely stored away by the family since 1911!). Other tobacco cards of the era such as T206 are far easier to find in a relatively affordable low grade. This is because Turkey Reds, which were issued only by mail as premiums in exchange for coupons, are considerably rarer than most other classic 1910-era tobacco cards. Most of these cards have tremendous visual appeal despite their various condition problems. This is a very substantial, rarely offered large original-owner T3 collection (representing over 25% of the set!) that is ideal for the collector who is interested in Turkey Reds but does not want to spend a fortune. Consists of the following: #1 Mordecai Brown (Vg), 2 (Vg-Ex), 4 Roger Bresnahan (Vg), 5 Sam Crawford (Gd/Vg), 6 Chase (Vg), 19 Addie Joss (Vg+), 25 (Pr), 30 (Vg), 37 (Vg), 41 (Pr/Fr), 44 (Fr), 47 Frank Chance (Vg), 50 (Gd), 77 (Gd, Turkey Red back), 78 Frank Baker (Vg), 80 Chief Bender (Vg), 84 (Pr), 90 (Pr), 92 (Vg-Ex), 93 (Gd), 96 (Vg, Turkey Red back), 102 (Gd, Turkey Red back), 104 (Gd/Vg), 115 (Gd), 116 (Fr/Gd), 121 (Gd/Vg), 122 (Gd, Turkey Red back), and 123 (Gd/Vg). T3s are big cards; due to their large size they tend to be more subject to corner wear and creases than smaller cards, and were also often tacked up on walls, which is why pinholes are so common with this issue. This collection represents a substantial start toward the assembly of an outstanding low- to mid-grade set, with many cards having eye-appeal far better than suggested by their technically accurate grades. Total: 28 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,628.75
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