Graded VG/EX+ 55 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example of Fred Olmstead graded at this level with none higher! Exceptional sample card from this unusual sepia-toned 1910 cabinet-card issue which features Cubs and White Sox players, issued by the Spaulding & Merrick Tobacco Company to promote its Plow Boy Tobacco brand. Their rarity is related to the fact that they were issued only in the Chicago area. Plow Boy Tobacco cards measure 5-3/4 x 8 inches. They are easily one of the rarest of all twentieth-century tobacco issues, and of additional note, these cards show players in poses that are unique to this set. Plow Boy Tobacco cards were issued with two different advertising reverses, one with a simple advertisement and another with the same advertisement along with a checklist of premiums available. The offered example features the advertising reverse with the list of premiums offered. This is an exceptional example, clean and crisp both front and back, with a striking image, excellent centering, and four strong corners displaying only tiny touches of wear. The reverse is boldly printed and clean. A grade of VG/EX+ is particularly impressive for cards from this issue; only eight cards (of any subject) have ever been graded higher by SGC (all grade EX). A superb example worthy of even the most advanced sample or prewar-card collection. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++.
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