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1913 T200 Fatima Team Complete PSA-Graded Set (16 cards)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,332.50
Fatima Cigarettes is responsible for one of the most unusual and distinctive of all tobacco-card issues: the T200 Fatima team-card set. Presented is an attractive complete set of sixteen cards, all graded and encapsulated by PSA (all submitted by REA). Assembled one card at a time by our consignor, this is a great-looking set! T200 Fatima team cards are rarely offered in complete-set form, in part because several teams are rare, which make complete sets very difficult to assemble. Do not be fooled by what (for less condition-sensitive tobacco-card sets) might appear to be low-to-mid grades assigned by PSA. These are extremely strong cards throughout and, for T200 Fatima Team cards, there are some extremely high grades. The thin stock and fragile real-photo surface of T200 Fatimas makes them very susceptible to light creasing. A tiny little surface crease, which is almost unavoidable for this issue, automatically knocks the grade down to Vg-Ex, even if the card otherwise looks Near Mint. Many collectors consider T200 (and the similarly designed T222 individual-player cards) the single most condition-sensitive sets in all of vintage-card collecting. As is often the case with T200 Fatimas, these cards look far better than their assigned grades. PSA Condition Report: Two EX 5: Boston Amer. and Pittsburgh Nats with Honus Wagner (highest graded with only one graded higher). One VG-EX+ 4.5: Chicago Nats. Four VG-EX 4: Cincinnati Nats, Philadelphia Nats (MC), St. Louis Amer., and St. Louis Nats. Two VG 3: Chicago Amer. and New York Nats with Christy Mathewson and Jim Thorpe. Four GOOD+ 2.5: Brooklyn Nats, Cleveland Amer. with Joe Jackson, Detroit Amer. with Ty Cobb, and Philadelphia Amer. One FAIR 1.5: Boston Nats. Two ungraded: New York Amer. (Altered Stock) and Washington Amer. (Evidence of Trimming). T200 Fatimas is a set which is not practical to collect in Mint condition, and even cards graded higher than Ex are tough to come by due to their fragile nature. This set is also just beginning to be appreciated for its combination of rarity, unusual design, photographic quality, and the exceptional value it represents compared to other far more common tobacco-card issues of the era. SMR values appear very reasonable compared to actual selling prices. The SMR value for the assigned grades (not including the one qualified card or the two ungraded cards and factoring the six half-graded cards in at the lower whole-grade value) is $5,055. Total: 16 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,332.50
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