Extraordinary 1913 T200 Fatima Pittsburgh Nationals Team Premium with Honus Wagner

Sold For: $10,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 624

Item Year: 1913

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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This large team photograph of the Pittsburgh Nationals was issued as a special premium by Fatima cigarettes. The Pirates are one of the most desirable teams in this series, featuring Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke. T200 premiums, which are giant versions of the T200 Fatima photos packaged with Fatima cigarettes, feature glossy team photos on thick cardboard mounts and are ideal for display. These large premium team cards are among the rarest of all baseball tobacco issues, and were available only by mail in exchange for forty coupons, which were included (one per pack) with Fatima cigarettes. Because of their large size, they often have numerous condition problems. The offered example (19 x 11.25 inches; mount approximately 20.5 x 12.5 inches) is the rare exception and represents one of the finest examples we have ever offered. The clarity is outstanding and the piece remains in spectacular Near Mint condition, looking almost exactly as it did when first issued over 100 years ago. Framed to total dimensions of 23.75 x 15.75 inches. This is an extraordinary example of this desirable tobacco-card premium rarity highlighted by key Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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