1911 T212 Obak "Ten Million"

Sold For: $711

Auction Year: 2014 spring

Lot: 460

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely attractive example of Ten Million from the 1911 T212 Obak series. Obaks, which were issued in three sets between 1909 and 1911, are among the most popular of all early card issues featuring players from the Pacific Coast League as well as members of the Northwestern League as part of the final two sets. Despite an underwhelming career as a player, Ten Million has emerged as a key card within the 1911 T212 Obak set as a result of his extremely unusual name. This really is his name: Million's family wanted his name to stand out and accomplished this by naming him "Ten." And this was long before television and Seinfeld! (Interesting footnote: Ten Million's daughter was named Decillian!) Graded VG 3 by PSA, this example possesses bold colors, even rounding to the corners, and outstanding centering (very slightly to the right). Two light, unobtrusive wrinkles on the front, including one present in the middle of the card, as well as a small upper right corner crease, account for the assigned grade. Well-centered reverse with a bright and bold red Obak advertisement. The print has lightened slightly in the bio area (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). As one of the most interesting baseball cards ever issued, the offered card of Ten Million would be a worthy addition to any Obak or prewar-card collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $711

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