1912 T207 Brown Background Irving Lewis Emblem - PSA NM 7 - Highest Graded

Sold For: $8,813

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 401

Item Year: 1912

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded NM 7 by PSA. Highest-graded example! Presented is an extraordinary ultra high-grade example of the rare Irving Lewis (emblem on sleeve variation) card, one of the great rarities of tobacco-card collecting and one of the key rare cards of the T207 Brown Background set. This card would be a highlight in even the most advanced world-class collection of significant baseball cards. While the Lowdermilk is the most famous of all the rarities in the T207 series, because it was originally listed in the American Card Catalog as the only rare card in the set, many advanced collectors consider Lewis even rarer. In fact, since the 1970s many collectors have considered Irving Lewis to be the rarest card in the set. This example of the Lewis, emblem on sleeve T207 variation, has four sharp corners (a little more wear on the lower left), a virtually flawless surface, and centered toward the top border (approximately 25/75). Bright and clean, both front and back, and with an essentially flawless surface (which is of special note as T207s tend to crease and are so prone to surface cracks). Rare Cycle Cigarettes advertisement on reverse. Today collectors recognize many cards as being of various degrees of rarity in the T207 set, but Lewis (emblem on sleeve) will always be recognized as one of the key rarities from the classic T207 set. It is rare for any T207 to receive a grade of PSA NM 7. Like many of the T207s in this auction, the offering of the rare Lewis in such high grade is unprecedented. It is unlikely we will ever see another T207 Lewis in such high grade. This is an important card: It is perhaps the single most significant highlight of the #1 T207 PSA Registry set of all-time (presented in twenty-nine lots in this auction), an extraordinary ultra high-grade example of key T207 rarity Irving Lewis, and the highest-graded example of one of tobacco-card collecting's most famous rarities. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $8,813

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