Graded VG 40 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level with none higher! Extremely rare example of Philadelphia Athletics Hall of Famer Frank Baker from the 1910-1912 T215 Red Cross Tobacco (Type 1) set. T215 Red Cross is one of tobacco-card collecting's most overlooked issues. Very similar in design to and borrowing images from the T206 set, T215 Red Cross cards are believed to have been issued exclusively in the Louisiana area. The cards measure 1-1/2 x 2-5/8 inches, which is the standard size for tobacco issues. This is an outstanding card in all respects, and it is simply far superior to what is normally found for Red Cross Tobacco. Bright and clean, with vibrant colors and light wear at the corners. The flawless image is almost perfectly centered. The reverse is also centered slightly to the top left (when held horizontally as intended) and is entirely clean with bold crisp print, an ideal quality for a sample of this scarce issue. There is a very faint vertical crease (more noticeable from the reverse) that runs from the top border to his right hand. T215s tend to survive in very modest condition, which makes this sample all the more noteworthy. This is an outstanding Hall of Fame sample from one of tobacco-card collecting's rarest sets. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).
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