1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco "Series 3" Texas League Near-Complete SGC-Graded Orange Border Set (13/20)

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 739

Item Year: 1910

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Presented is an outstanding thirteen-card partial subset from the 1910 T210 Old Mill "Series 3" cards, featuring Texas League players, consisting entirely of "orange border" cards, a sharp departure from the set's trademark red color. The orange border phenomenon only exists on "Series 3" cards, and to date, only twenty subjects have been confirmed to exist in both red and orange color. In REA's Spring 2016 auction, the only complete subset ever made available for sale publicly realized $6,000 as lot #624. The consignor of that lot, an extremely dedicated T210 collector, had been pursuing the orange-border cards for more than a decade. During that time, the second-most complete set of which he was aware consisted of approximately sixteen cards. The offered partial set is, without a doubt, one of the largest collections of orange borders ever assembled. The T210 Old Mill Tobacco card set has always been extremely highly regarded by advanced collectors because it features so many players that appear in no other sets, it has a very distinctive design, it is scarce compared to most other tobacco-card sets of the era, and it features striking photos that are unique to the set. The T210 set is actually composed of eight different series, each a set unto itself, and each representing a different minor league. Each card is graded and encapsulated by SGC. SGC Grading Composite: One VG+ 45: Johnston – Waco. One VG 40: Billiard – San Antonio. Four GOOD 30: Blanding – San Antonio, Curry – Waco, Gordon – Waco, and Kipp – San Antonio. One FAIR 20: Leidy – San Antonio. Five POOR 10: Alexander – San Antonio, Firestine – San Antonio, Hooks – Waco, Slaven – San Antonio, and Stinson – San Antonio. One Authentic: Nagel – Oklahoma. We have seen a few orange-border T210s here and there in our many years, but this is the largest collection we have ever seen in one place (except, of course, for the complete set offered earlier). A superb assembly worthy of even the most advanced T210 or prewar-card collection. Total: 13 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.

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