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1910 T211 Red Sun Cigarettes Partial Set (28/75)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $6,517.50
Collection of twenty-eight different (of seventy-five in the complete set) 1910 T211 Red Sun Cigarettes cards. The T211 set is comprised of seventy-five different players from the Southern Association. T211 Red Sun are one of the rarest and (in large part because of their rarity) most overlooked of all tobacco-card issues. They share the same designs as the eighth series of the 1910 T210 Old Mill set, which are universally recognized as among the rarest cards in the T210 set. One card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC. The condition breakdown of this lot is as follows (though, as can easily be seen, most cards do have an appearance far superior to their technical grades): four Good to VG, eighteen range from Fair to Good, five Poor to Fair, and one Authentic due to tape repair. This lot consists of the following: Allen, Bartley, Bayless, Berger, Bernhard, Bittroff, Cafalu, Cross, Daly (SGC GOOD 30), Davis, Dick, Erloff, Fisher, Greminger, Gribbin, Gygli, Hart, Hickman, Kerwin, Keupper, La Fitte, Lynch, Pratt, Siegle, Smith, Steele, Sweeney, and Welf. T211 Red Sun Tobacco cards are among a small selection of elite sets that have long captured the imagination of many of the most legendary collectors, from the earliest days of serious collecting, perhaps more so in years past than even in recent times. The reason many great early collectors prized these cards so highly is twofold: 1) These cards could not (and cannot) simply be purchased in set form. They are rare! They have to be collected. They are a challenge. 2) Ultimately, cards are about the players that are featured. Many of the players in T211 are featured in few or no other sets. These characteristics make the green-bordered T211 Red Sun set especially significant to the game of baseball and to the world of baseball cards, and especially appealing to the most sophisticated collectors. T211 Red Sun cards also have a very distinctive design with striking player poses, and a very attractive and unique advertising back design. We have never even seen a set of T211 presented for sale or auction, and large collections or near-sets of this rare issue are virtually unheard of. This partial set represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire more than one-third of the cards needed to complete this rare and extremely desirable 1910-era tobacco-card set. Total: 28 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $6,517.50
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