1910-Era Tobacco and Candy Card Collection Trimmed (198 cards), Including Cobb and Wagner

Sold For: $4,444

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 144

Item Year: 1910

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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This fascinating (and we think exciting) original "old time" collection of 179 tobacco and nineteen candy cards from the 1910 era consists of cards from eight different highly regarded baseball issues, including an E92 Croft's Cocoa Honus Wagner and two T206 Ty Cobb (red background and bat off shoulder) cards, and a few other highlights and Hall of Famers. The youngster who collected these cards back in 1910, unfortunately, had no idea that these cards would someday have great monetary value. Every card in this collection has been trimmed on all four sides (missing the top and side borders). Despite being trimmed, all the cards display very nicely with brilliant colors. The young collector who saved these long ago obviously preferred his cards neatly trimmed in this manner, and it is easy to see that they do, indeed, have an extremely striking appearance in this form. The fact that the cards have been trimmed, however, presents a remarkable modern-day collecting opportunity. The collection is comprised of the following: 1) T206 White Border (157 cards): Mostly Piedmont and Sweet Caporal backs but also includes one Tolstoi, one Sovereign, and thirteen Polar Bear. Includes the following Hall of Famers and keys: Bresnahan/port., Bresnahan/bat, Brown/Cubs, Chance/yellow, Chase/dark cap, Cicotte/Black Sox, Cobb/red, Cobb/bat off, Collins/Minn., Davis/Chicago, Evers/Cubs, Flick, Huggins/port., Johnson/port., Keeler/bat, Kelley, Lajoie/port., Lajoie/throwing, Marquard/hands at sides, Mathewson/white cap, McGinnity, McGraw/finger, Tinker/bat off, Tinker/port., Young/glove, two Young/bare hand, and Young/port. 2) T205 Gold Border (19 cards): Austin, Beck, Birmingham, Blackburne, Evans, Ewing, Groom, Herzog, Johnson (HOF), Konetchy, Lennox, McIntyre, Merkle, Meyers, Paskert, Schaefer, Street, Titus, and Wheat (HOF). 3) T207 Brown Background (2 cards): Higgins and Lively. 4) T227 Honest Long Cut (1 card): Marquard (HOF). 5) E92 Croft's Cocoa (11 cards): Bender/white cap (HOF), Chance (HOF), E. Collins (HOF), Crawford (HOF), Dougherty, Jennings (HOF), Lajoie (HOF), McLean (ad on back is upside down), Schaefer, Schmidt, and Wagner/throwing (HOF). 6) E90-1 American Caramel (6 cards): Keeler/pink (HOF), Stanage, Summers, Sweeney/NY, Tinker (HOF), and Young/Boston (HOF). 7) E95 Philadelphia Caramel (1 card): Plank (HOF). 8) E91B American Caramel (1 card): Chance (HOF). This unique collection represents an extraordinary opportunity for the collector who wants beautiful, original examples of these classics, at a far more affordable level than examples that have not been trimmed. A fascinating and unusual collection of original 1910-era cards from several different issues and highlighted by legendary Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. Total: 198 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.
SOLD FOR $4,444

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