Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Presented is an outstanding T214 Victory Tobacco example of Hall of Famer Chief Bender (trees in background variation). The 1915 T214 Victory set is an extremely rare series of tobacco cards, issued exclusively in the Louisiana area, which is sometimes mistaken for the T206 White Border set. It is one of the great legendary rarities of tobacco-card collecting. Even a sample card from this set is a challenge to find, let alone alone an attractive sample of a Hall of Famer. Victory Tobacco is one of the few sets which features players from the Federal League, in addition to players from the National and American Leagues. This is a particularly attractive card in all respects, and simply superior to what is normally found for Victory Tobacco. Whatever the technical grade, the card speaks for itself, and it is easy to see that this is a magnificent T214 example. Victory Tobacco cards have a glossy coated surface which is very susceptible to creasing. This card has a flawless surface, vibrant colors, near-perfect centering, and light, even wear on the corners. The reverse is very clean, with bold, crisp print, both of which are ideal qualities for a sample of this rare issue, as the back is so important. There is a very faint diagonal wrinkle visible in the lower left portion under close inspection. T214 Victory Tobacco cards are rare in any grade, let alone such an exceptionally strong and attractive example of a key Hall of Famer. This is a tremendous rarity that would be a significant addition to even the most advanced prewar- or type-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).
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