1910-1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet-Card Collection (30) Including Two Walter Johnson, Two Nap Lajoie, and Christy Mathewson

Sold For: $6,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 636

Item Year: 1910

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is a collection of thirty 1910-1911 T3 Turkey Red cabinet cards, highlighted by six Hall of Famers, including Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, and Christy Mathewson. While the condition of this collection is generally modest overall, other tobacco cards of the era, such as T206, are far easier to find in a relatively affordable low grade. This is because Turkey Reds, which were issued only by mail as premiums in exchange for coupons, are considerably rarer than most other classic 1910-era tobacco cards. This is a very substantial, rarely offered group that is ideal for the collector who is interested in Turkey Reds but does not want to spend a fortune. Four cards are professionally graded and encapsulated (two each by PSA and SGC). This collection consists of the following: Advertising Back: #86 Carrigan (pinhole, piece missing), 91 Downey (pinhole, otherwise Fr), 93 Fromme (Pr), 94 Gibson (pinhole, otherwise Gd), 95 Graham (Pr), 97 Hoblitzell (pinholes, otherwise Pr-Fr), 99 Johnson (HOF, pencil mark on back, otherwise Vg). Checklist Back (offer): #6 Chase (pinhole, otherwise Vg), 7 Camnitz (pinholes at corners, otherwise Gd), 11 Dahlen (Gd), 14 Dooin (Pr), two 15 Elberfeld (PSA PR-FR 1 and Fr-Gd), two 23 Lajoie (HOF, Gd+ and pinhole, otherwise Gd), 27 Mathewson (HOF, PSA Authentic, missing corner and corner affixed with tape), 28 McIntyre (pinholes, otherwise Fr), two 31 Magee (Fr and pinhole, otherwise Pr), 34 Rucker (SGC Authentic, trimmed), 43 Out at Third (SGC Authentic, trimmed), 79 Bell (pinhole, otherwise Fr), 80 Bender (HOF, pinholes, otherwise Pr), 85 Burns (pinhole, otherwise Fr), 99 Johnson (HOF, pinhole, otherwise Gd), 105 Lobert (Pr), 114 Rhoades (pinholes, otherwise Gd), 120 Street (pinhole, otherwise Pr), and 123 Thomas (pinholes, otherwise Pr). Checklist Back (no offer): #32 Overall (Fr). T3s are big cards; due to their large size they tend to be more subject to corner wear and creases than smaller cards, and were also often tacked up on walls, which is why pinholes are so common with this issue. This collection represents an outstanding start toward the assembly of a relatively affordable complete set of this classic issue. Total: 30 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.

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