1912 T207 Brown Background "Napoleon Back" PSA- and SGC-Graded Collection (3)

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 726

Item Year: 1912

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Collection of three T207 Brown Background tobacco-cards with Napoleon Little Cigars backs. T207s with advertising for Napoleon Little Cigars are the unsung rare-back heroes of the T207 set. They are incredibly rare, but their rarity has somehow never fully gotten the respect it deserves. The reason for this, we believe, is simply that the players featured on "Napoleon Little Cigars" T207s are, for the most part, not very rare cards in the set; in fact, many (but not all) are among the most common players in the set (and all are normally found with Recruit Little Cigars advertising backs, by far the most common of all T207 ad backs). The other four T207 ad backs (Cycle, Broad Leaf, the "no advertising company" cards that are believed to have been issued by Coupon, and the prohibitively rare Red Cross back cards) are all celebrated for their rarity, and the subjects featured with these rare backs are also all legitimately rare in the T207 set. In fact, the rarest subjects in the T207 set were issued only on the cards with these rare backs (and were not issued with the common Recruit backs). But T207 Napoleon Little Cigar advertising backs are rare as an advertising back type, in fact far rarer than T207 Cycle, Broad Leaf, or "no advertising company" back cards. We hope we have explained this clearly! This collection consists of the following (each graded and encapsulated by PSA or SGC): Barger (SGC EX+ 70), Devore (EX-MT 6), and Drake (EX-MT 6). This is an exceptionally crisp and clean high-grade collection. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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