1914 T222 Fatima Individual Players Complete SGC-Graded Set (52)

Sold For: $10,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 778

Item Year: 1914

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Extraordinary complete set of fifty-two T222 Fatima player cards issued by the Leggett & Myers Tobacco Company in 1914, highlighted by seven Hall of Famers, including Grover Cleveland Alexander (rookie card) and Walter Johnson (short print). All of the rare short-print cards, of which there are many, are present. This is the only second complete set of these rare tobacco cards that we have ever had the privilege of presenting at auction! Each card is graded and encapsulated by SGC. Do not be fooled by the modest technical grades! This is not a set that can reasonably be collected in high grade. The thin photographic stock and fragile glossy surface of these unusual real-photo style cards make them especially susceptible to creasing and cracking. Eight cards (of the fifty-two) are the highest-graded examples on record according to the SGC Population Report.

SGC Grading Composite: VG/EX 50 (2 cards): Archer (1 of 3, highest graded) and Maisel (1 of 2, highest graded). VG 40 (10 cards): Burns, Bush, Keating SP (1 of 3, highest graded), McInnis, Morgan SP (1 of 1, highest graded), Saier, Sallee (1 of 2, highest graded), Schulte SP (1 of 1, highest graded), Vitt, and Zimmerman (1 of 7, highest graded). GOOD 30 (16 cards): Barry, Baumgardner SP (1 of 1, highest graded), Bresnahan (HOF), Brown, Chalmers, Houck, Lapp, McBride SP, McLean, Oldring, Orr, Phelan, Reulbach, Schang, Strunk, and Sweeney. FAIR 20 (14 cards): Benton, Demaree, Fletcher, Leach, Leibold SP, L. Magee SP, S. Magee SP, Marquard (HOF), Murphy, Murray, Perdue, Smith SP, Tyler, and Wingo. POOR 10 (4 cards): Alexander RC (HOF), Austin SP, Chance (HOF), and Johnson SP (HOF). Authentic (6 cards): Hamilton SP, Henry SP, Huggins (HOF), Jennings (HOF), Lelivelt SP, and Lobert SP.

These individual-player Fatima cards are much rarer than the T200 Fatima team cards. These cards are usually found just a few at a time and almost always in low grades. Each card in this collection is bright and crisp with a strong image, with the lower-grade cards downgraded due to common cracking or scrapbook residue on the reverse. The advertising on the backs of the cards refers to the set as being composed of "famous Baseball players, American Athletic champions and Photoplay stars." This is a tremendous and very rarely offered complete set of these magnificent and distinctive tobacco cards, which advanced collectors universally recognize (with good reason!) as many times rarer than their more widely collected tobacco-card cousins, such as T205 and T206. Total: 52 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++.

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