Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Stunning T213 (Type 2) of the Joe Tinker Chicago Fed. bat on shoulder variation, 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. 1914 T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarettes is 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 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 Tinker, bright and clean with bold colors, near-flawless registration, perfect gloss, and centering slightly to the left. The corners are strong with only light wear. These cards were produced with a thin glossy surface coating that almost always naturally creates surface creases. Remarkably, this Joe Tinker exhibits only faint wrinkling near the right border. The back displays some chipping along the left border, but is otherwise clean with very bold and crisp print. This is an extraordinary high-grade example of one of the most desirable key cards in the set, and one Tinker's rarest and most interesting tobacco cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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