1916 Tango Brand Eggs Hughie Jennings - SGC NM+ 86

Sold For: $588

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 484

Item Year: 1916

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded NM+ 86 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level. Extremely striking high-grade 1916 Tango Brand Eggs card of Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings of the Detroit Tigers. This stunning example is perfectly bright, crisp, and clean, with brilliant colors, flawless registration, displaying four sharp corners, and centered 35/65 left to right. The reverse of the card is also perfectly clean, with bold black text. Tango Brand Eggs cards are very similar in design to the 1915 E106 American Caramel set, but with different captions that do not reference Federal League teams since they were issued in 1916. The fronts have a glossy coating similar to E106 and T214 Kotton Tobacco cards. The backs feature advertising for L. Frank & Company's Tango Brand Eggs. While this card no doubt originates from the famous Tango Eggs card find of long ago, this particular example was purchased on a lark by our consignor (a noncollector who has consigned the family's original-owner tobacco-card collection to this auction) in an antique shop in Louisiana in the early 1990s. (We were surprised to find this among the family's T205 and T206 cards, and fascinated to hear how it came to be included in the collection.) This is a very sharp high-grade Hall of Famer example from one of the most unusual and mysterious of all prewar card issues. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $588

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