Graded VG/EX+ 55 by SGC. Extremely rare, this clean sample card from the Yum Yum Tobacco series of 1888 features Mike Tiernan (portrait) of the New York Giants. This is the ONLY portrait example graded at this level with none higher! SGC does not distinguish between poses in its Yum Yum Tobacco population report, but the only Tiernan example graded higher was the SGC NM 84 "with bat" pose, which was offered in REA's Spring 2016 auction. This is a tremendous Yum Yum Tobacco example! The card has a bright, clean surface, no creases, centering only slightly toward the top, and even corner wear. Light soiling is visible on the blank reverse. This is an outstanding example from this rare issue. Advanced collectors have appreciated the mystique of the rarest pre-1900 baseball card issues for decades. Whether it is because of the brand name, their unusual look, extreme rarity, or a combination of all of these factors, few card issues command the respect that Yum Yum Tobacco cards do among the most serious collectors. A superb sample worthy of any advanced nineteenth-century or type-card collection. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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