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1893 Just So Tobacco Capt. Tebeau

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $19,720.00

Graded VG 40 by SGC. Issued in 1893, Just So Tobacco cards are one of the most unusual and most obscure of all nineteenth-century baseball card issues. Featuring portraits of the Cleveland Spiders, as they were known at the time, cards from this set are legendary for their incredible rarity. They are very distinctive both in size (measuring 2.5 x 3.875 inches) as well as their very close to black-and-white (yet, according to catalogs, still technically sepia) appearance. The 1890s were a very slow decade for baseball card sets. Just So Tobacco is one of the very few issues of the era, adding to their great significance to collectors. Offered is Spiders' captain and first baseman Patsy Tebeau, identified beneath his portrait as "Capt Tebeau." The Spiders of the 1890s were well known as one of the dirtiest playing clubs to ever take the field in the history of the game. Team Captain Patsy Tebeau, no doubt, played a great role in setting the tone that earned his club this most dubious distinction. This is a very attractive VG example of this extraordinary rarity. The card has perfect contrast, no creases, and the corners are reasonably square. The card has been downgraded from Excellent solely due to areas of staining (possibly from tobacco?) on the front and back. The stains do not affect the portrait or the integrity of the card, which is otherwise in overall Excellent condition. Just So Tobacco cards are virtually nonexistent in the marketplace. We estimate that fewer than twenty-five examples are known to exist (probably far fewer). This is an outstanding and almost never offered example of one of card collecting's most legendary sample card rarities. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500/$5,000. SOLD FOR $19,720.00

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