1910 T100 Honest Tobacco "Silhouettes" Baseball

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 902

Item Year: 1910

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Graded EX 60 by SGC. Extremely rare sample card from one of the T100 "Silhouettes" set. Issued in 1910 by the Honest Tobacco Company, this set features silhouette images of various characters and professions (bartender, plumber, fireman, fisherman, policeman, waiter, etc.). Among the fifty cards in the set, five cards feature sports figures (baseball, football, boxing, golf, and bowling). The card measures 2.25 x 3.25 inches and pictures a catcher facing left, waiting to receive the ball. While the player is not identified, the catcher has the Giants' "NY" insignia on his shoulder, which could allow for a theoretical identification as Roger Bresnahan. We have seen nonsport examples from this set, but this is only the second example of the baseball player in the set we have ever encountered. This is certainly a very unusual and interesting sample-card rarity. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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