1911 T212 Obak Ten Million

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 749

Item Year: 1911

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Graded GOOD+ 35 by SGC. Extremely attractive example of Ten Million from the 1911 T212 Obak series. Obaks, which were issued in three sets between 1909 and 1911, are among the most popular of all early card issues featuring players from the Pacific Coast League as well as members of the Northwestern League as part of the final two sets. Despite an underwhelming career as a player, Ten Million has emerged as a key card within the 1911 T212 Obak set as a result of his extremely unusual name. This really is his name: Million's family wanted his name to stand out and accomplished this by naming him "Ten." And this was long before television and Seinfeld! (Interesting footnote: Ten Million's daughter was named Decillian!) This example possesses bold colors, a crisp image, and near-perfect centering. Well-centered reverse with a bright and bold red Obak advertisement. Corner rounding and soiling to the reverse account for the modest assigned grade. As one of the most interesting baseball cards ever issued, the offered card of Ten Million would be a worthy addition to any Obak or prewar-card collection.
Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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