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1911 T4 Obak Premium Cabinet Roy Hitt
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185
T4 Obak Premium card of Vernon pitcher Roy Hitt. This is an extremely rare sample card. The large-format Obak premium cards (5 x 7 inches) were available only by mail in exchange for coupons, which were distributed one per pack with Obak Cigarettes. Fifty Obak coupons were required to obtain each premium. In light of this, it is not surprising that they are so rare. The premiums feature Pacific Coast League players in the very same poses as appear in the traditional small-format T212 Obak insert cards, but these cards are larger and the photographic image is in striking black and white as opposed to color. It is fascinating to note that while the design of Obak premiums do not include player identifications, they almost always have a number in pencil written in the upper left corner of the reverse. This number corresponds to the player checklist on the Obak coupon, and was added by Obak to help with organization of the premiums as it filled orders. This example is graded POOR 10 by SGC due to matching pinholes at the top and bottom. Aside from the pinholes and some pencil markings on the reverse (including the number "95" in the upper left and player identification in the top right), the card is in Good to Very Good condition, with just a little corner wear and a small chip in the lower left corner. The front is very clean and the image has flawless contrast. This is an impressive-looking sample card from one of the Pacific Coast League's rarest sets. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,185
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