1914 T213 Coupon Cigarettes (Type 2) Tris Speaker

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 600

Item Year: 1914

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD+ 35 by SGC. Very attractive T213 (Type 2) of Tris Speaker in a batting pose, one of the key cards to this elusive and extremely rare tobacco set. T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarettes is one of tobacco-card collecting's rarest and most overlooked sets. 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 because on some cards 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 Borders" set. This is an exceptional example of Speaker, bright and clean with bold colors, near-flawless registration, and near-perfect centering. The corners display light, even corner wear. Light creasing near the upper right corner accounts for the conservative assigned grade. The back is clean with very bold and crisp print. This is a very attractive example of one of the most desirable key cards in the set, and one of Speaker's rarest and most interesting tobacco cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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