1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder "Too Late For Devlin" Christy Mathewson/Devlin (Rustlers) PSA EX 5

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 438

Item Year: 1912

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Graded EX 5 by PSA. One of only nine examples at this level with just four graded higher. Presented is a magnificent high-grade example of one of the key rare cards from the classic T202 Hassan Triple Folders set: #126 "Too Late For Devlin" featuring Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson and Arthur Devlin (Rustlers) on the end panels. This card has the fewest examples graded in the PSA Population Report of all T202s in the entire set and is only now beginning to be recognized as possibly the single rarest card in the set. The T202 "Too Late For Devlin" center panel card was issued in two versions, both with Devlin and Mathewson on the end panels. One version has Devlin on the Giants. After he was traded to the Rustlers, the team designation on this card was changed to identify him as a member of the Rustlers. Over a period of many years, the grading service population reports sometimes provide extremely significant statistical information about the relative rarity of cards, usually confirming collectors' long-held opinions, and sometimes providing new insight. Historically, collectors have identified the Giants variation as the rarer of the two, but as of this writing only twenty-eight "Too Late For Devlin/Rustlers" cards have been graded by PSA, and thirty-one "Too Late For Devlins/Giants" cards have been graded, suggesting that the Rustlers variety may in fact be equally as rare. Both varieties are among the lowest population cards in the entire set, and the PSA Population Report confirms that both varieties are extremely rare. This example is bright and crisp, with brilliant colors, four square corners, and near-perfect centering. A small roller mark halfway down the center panel accounts for the grade. This is an extremely attractive high-grade example of one of the T202 Hassan Triple Folder set's rarest cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++.

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