1912 T207 Brown Background Irving Lewis Emblem on Sleeve - Red Cycle Back!

Sold For: $3,600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 575

Item Year: 1912

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded EX 60 by SGC. Only one example graded higher by SGC! Offered is a 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. 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 Lewis (emblem on sleeve variation) has four strong corners, a virtually flawless surface (which is of special note as T207s tend to crease and are so prone to surface cracks), and centering to the top left. Boldly printed red Cycle Cigarettes advertising on the reverse is perfectly clean. T207s are found with a number of different advertising backs (similar to T205 and T206), and Cycle backs have always been considered to be among the rarest. 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. This is a very attractive high-grade example of key T207 rarity Irving Lewis. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+.

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