1913 T200 Fatima Team Complete Set (16 cards): #1 SGC Set Registry!

Sold For: $10,575

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 152

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Fatima Cigarettes is responsible for one of the most unusual and distinctive of all tobacco-card issues: the T200 Fatima team card set. Presented is an extraordinary high-grade complete set of sixteen cards, all graded and encapsulated by SGC. This set is rated as the number-one set on the SGC Set Registry with an overall grade average of 51.28. This is a gorgeous set, rarely offered in complete-set form (and is much rarer than collectors realize, in part because several teams are rare, which make complete sets very difficult to assemble), let alone in such high grade! Do not be fooled by what (for less condition-sensitive tobacco-card sets) might appear to be mid-grades assigned by SGC. These are extremely strong cards and, for T200 Fatima Team cards, these are extremely high grades. The thin stock and fragile real photo surface of T200 Fatimas makes them very susceptible to light creasing. A tiny little surface crease, which is almost unavoidable for this issue, automatically knocks the grade down to Vg-Ex, even if the card otherwise looks Near Mint. Many collectors consider T200 (and the similarly designed T222 individual player cards) the single most condition-sensitive sets in all of vintage-card collecting. This is a beautiful and extremely high grade set. As is often the case with T200 Fatimas, these cards look far better than their assigned grades. SGC Condition Report: Seven EX 60: Cincinnati Nats, New York Nats with Christy Mathewson and Jim Thorpe, Pittsburgh Nats with Honus Wagner, Boston Amer., Cleveland Amer. with Joe Jackson , Detroit Amer. with Ty Cobb, and New York Amer. Seven VG/EX 50: Boston Nats, Brooklyn Nats, Chicago Nats, Philadelphia Nats, Chicago Amer., Philadelphia Amer., and Washington Amer. One VG 40: St. Louis Nats. One GOOD 30: St. Louis Amer. T200 Fatimas is a set which is not practical to collect in Mint condition. In fact, there has never been a T200 Fatima graded Mint by SGC and 89% of all graded examples have been between Poor and Vg-Ex, with almost all others Ex (fewer than one-percent in higher grades, including just one Nr/Mt-Mt). This set is also just beginning to be appreciated for its combination of rarity, unusual design, photographic quality, and the exceptional value they represent compared to other far more common tobacco-card issues of the era. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades is $10,440. Total 16 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $10,575

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