1912 T207 Brown Background Louis Lowdermilk

Sold For: $3,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 576

Item Year: 1912

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded EX 5 by PSA. One of only four examples graded at this level. Crisp, clean, high-grade example of T207 Louis Lowdermilk, one of the legendary rarities of tobacco cards. Lowdermilk has long been recognized as the key rarity of the T207 brown background tobacco-card series. In the 1930s, in the original American Card Catalog by Jefferson Burdick, Lowdermilk was the only T207 card listed as rarer and more valuable than the others in the set. (At that time, its value was listed at $1. The T206 Wagner was listed at $50.) Today collectors recognize many cards as being of various degrees of rarity in the T207 set, but Lowdermilk will always be the most famous key rarity of the classic T207 set. The offered card is bright and crisp, with flawless registration, a clean surface, four strong corners, and outstanding centering (including a larger-than-normal top border displaying a natural diamond cut). There is no cigarette company advertisement on the reverse ("Anonymous"). This is a stunning high-grade example of this key T207 rarity. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+.


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