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Lot # 203 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 S81 Silk Premium Collection of Three Including Mathewson

Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $2,900.00

Collection of three rare 1911 S81 "Silks" include Christy Mathewson, Howie Camnitz, and Red Dooin. S81 silks were issued as special premiums by Helmar Turkish Trophy cigarettes in 1911. The set was part of the very same promotion which brought us the classic T3 Turkey Red cabinet card set and the famous L1 leathers tobacco premium issue. Together, these three sets represent the premier tobacco premium issues of the era. The silks measure 7 x 9 inches and, with a few exceptions, used the same images featured in the popular T3 Turkey Red cabinet cards issue. Several years ago a small stack of Christy Mathewson silks were found, but even these have pretty much dried up, and others are all rarer still. Each of the three S81s offered in this lot are bright and clean, each with a few small wrinkles, and minor fraying along the edges of Dooin, and slightly more fraying on Camnitz, otherwise all are in Excellent condition. Total 3 silks. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $2,900.00

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