1911 T4 Obak Premium Cabinet Ed Householder, Victoria

Sold For: $1,920

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 590

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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T4 Obak Premium card of Victoria outfielder Ed Householder. This is an extremely rare sample card. The large-format Obak premium cards (5 x 7 inches) were available only by mail in exchange for coupons, which were distributed one per pack with Obak Cigarettes. Fifty Obak coupons were required to obtain each premium. In light of this, it is not surprising that they are so rare. The premiums feature Pacific Coast League players in the very same poses as appear in the traditional small-format T212 Obak insert cards, but these cards are larger and the photographic image is in striking black and white as opposed to color. It is fascinating to note that while the design of Obak premiums do not include player identifications, they almost always have a number in pencil written in the upper left corner of the reverse. This number corresponds to the player checklist on the Obak coupon, and was added by Obak to help with organization of the premiums as it filled orders. The offered example is no exception, featuring "158" along the top edge of the reverse. The card presents as Very Good to Excellent overall, with a crisp image and light, even wear at the corners (slightly more in the upper right and a small stain in the lower left). The blank reverse displays light, scattered age spotting in addition to the writing but is otherwise clean. This is an impressive-looking sample card from one of the Pacific Coast League's rarest sets. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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