1914 T213 Coupon Cigarettes (Type 2) PSA- and SGC-Graded Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson Collection (3)

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 598

Item Year: 1914

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely attractive trio of T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarette cards depicting Hall of Famers Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson. Each card is professionally graded and encapsulated by SGC or PSA. T213 (Type 2) Coupon is one of tobacco-card collecting's rarest and most overlooked sets. It is also a particularly interesting issue. Similar in design and borrowing the same images as T206, the T213 (Type 2) Coupon set was issued exclusively in the Louisiana area, and is far rarer than its T206 counterparts. Because they were issued in 1914, they are not only one of the last of the traditional tobacco-card issues, but also one of the few tobacco-card sets to feature players identified with Federal League teams. Their connection and significance to the T206 set is especially fascinating due to cards where the players are identified with teams different than those indicated in the T206 set. In many ways, the T213 (Type 2) Coupon is truly an extension of the T206 set. The Coupon cards are seldom seen, and because of this receive little attention, but upon reflection we think it would be impossible for any advanced tobacco-card collector to not appreciate the intrigue and unique connection of T213 (Type 2) Coupons (as well as their extreme relative rarity) to the T206 White Border set. This colection consists of two Walter Johnson (PSA FR 1.5 and SGC POOR 10) and Christy Mathewson (SGC FAIR 20). Each card presents better than suggested by the accurate assigned grade, with bold colors. This is a desirable trio from one of tobacco-card collecting's most overlooked significant issues, which is far rarer than its more widely collected and well-known tobacco-card cousins such as T205 and T206. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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