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1911 T208 Cullivan's Fireside Amos Strunk
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,370.00
Graded POOR 10 by SGC. T208 Cullivan's Fireside tobacco card of Philadelphia Athletics’ outfielder Amos Strunk. A few creases, including one particularly heavy horizontal crease across the chest, with a very large top border, and with a typical T208 "diamond cut." Boldly printed advertising for Fireside tobacco on reverse. Despite the condition faults, this is still an extremely rare, quality card that would be a welcome addition to many types of collections. Upon close inspection, the faint remnant of a pencil notation reading "10.00" can be seen in the upper right corner of the reverse, no doubt referring to a sale price written decades ago. (In the really old days, dealers actually wrote prices on the cards they were selling.) This is a technically low-grade but still very desirable T208 Cullivan's Fireside, one of card collecting's rarest and most highly prized twentieth-century card issues. We'd be surprised if even as many as one hundred T208 Cullivan's Fireside tobacco cards, counting all examples of all players in the set, exist! In fact, the total number is probably much lower. This card was sold at REA in 2010 and has been consigned to this auction directly from the buyer at that auction (where it realized $3,525). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,370.00
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