1912 T227 "Series of Champions" Chief Bender PSA VG-EX 4

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 631

Item Year: 1912

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. One of only three examples graded at this level with just two higher! Extremely attractive high-grade example of Hall of Famer Chief Bender from the 1912 T227 "Series of Champions." Issued by Miners Extra and Honest Long Cut, T227 “Series of Champions” are unique in design. There are only twenty-five cards in the set, including four ballplayers. This high-grade example of Bender is perfectly clean both front and back, with striking colors, no stains, even wear on the corners, and centered to the bottom right. The reverse features a biography of Bender and advertising for Honest Long Cut Tobacco. This card is in a far better state than usually found for this very condition-sensitive tobacco issue. This may, in part, be because T227s, which were packaged in tobacco pouches without protection from either tobacco or general handling, rarely survive in high grade. This is a beautiful example of one of Bender's rarest and most unusual tobacco cards from this rare, uniquely designed, and, in our opinion, extremely overlooked tobacco issue. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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