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Extraordinary Collection 1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco Cards (297 cards)

Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $19,720.00

T210 Old Mill Tobacco cards, along with E107s, N172 Old Judges, Colgans Chips and a few other early sets, are among a small selection of elite sets that have long captured the imagination of many of the most legendary collectors, from the earliest days of serious collecting perhaps more so in years past than even in recent times. The reason many great early collectors prized these cards so highly is twofold: 1) These sets could not (and cannot) simply be purchased in set form. They are rare. They have to be collected. They are a challenge. Collecting a complete set of T210s is a collecting challenge in a way that few other sets can possibly compare. 2) Ultimately, cards are about the players that are featured. Many of the players in T210 (as well as other sets listed above) are featured in few or no other sets. This gives the distinctive red-bordered T210 Old Mill set a special significance to the game of baseball and to the world of baseball cards that makes it stand out to the most sophisticated collectors. It is not hard to see a trend back to the sophistication of the olden days of card collecting, as the most knowledgeable collectors of the modern era are appreciating sets such as T210 with newfound enthusiasm, and gravitating to them with the same great respect for these issues as the Bill Habers and Jefferson Burdicks and Larry Fritschs of the world from an earlier collecting era. Presented is an extraordinary collection of 297 different cards (of the 640 in the massive set) from the 1910 T210 Old Mill tobacco series. The T210 set is comprised of eight different series, each representing a different minor league. The various series are identified by a number along the top border on the back of the card. With 640 players, it is the largest tobacco set of the twentieth century and is immediately identifiable by its distinctive red borders. This elusive issue is best known for its key cards: the rare Joe Jackson (series 8) card, as well as Casey Stengel (series 6) as a player. The sale of the T210 Joe Jackson card in our 2005 auction for $92,800, shattering the previous record of $15,000, brought much well-deserved attention to this unique and special tobacco card set. Cards from Series 6, Series 7, and Series 8 are the rarest of all T210s. It is not an accident that Joe Jackson (from Series 8) is so incredibly rare, with literally just a handful of examples known. We suspect that each of the thirty-two extraordinary rarities from Series 8 in this collection are approximately as rare as Joe Jackson. Organized by Series, the collection includes: Series 1 - S. Atlantic League (41 of 75 cards); Series 2 - Virginia League (complete set of 87 cards); Series 3 - Texas League (64 of 95 cards); Series 4 - Va. Valley League (6 of 87 cards); Series 5 - Carolina Assn. (38 of 87 cards); Series 6 - Blue Grass League (15 of 66 cards); Series 7 - E. Carolina League (14 of 67 cards); Series 8 - Southern Assn. (32 of 114 cards). These cards all have a Very Good or better appearance, but technically the collection grades as follows: 8% Ex, 17% Vg-Ex, 33% Vg, and 42% Pr to Gd-Vg (averaging Gd overall). As is often the case with these red-bordered cards, there is some wear to the red borders, mostly in the corners. This is an exciting group for T210 collectors. This is one of the largest collections ever assembled let alone offered at auction of these rare tobacco cards, and an outstanding foundation for carrying on the challenging quest of our consignor for completion of the T210 Old Mill set. A complete list of the collection is available upon request, and can easily be provided by email in a spread sheet. Total 297 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000/$30,000. SOLD FOR $19,720.00

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