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1919 T213 Coupon Cigarette (Type 3) Mathewson PSA 7, Bender, and Chase (3 cards)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,937.50

Collection of three T213 (Type 3) Coupon Cigarette cards (two Hall of Famers and one major star), one of tobacco-card collecting's most overlooked sets: 1) Christy Mathewson, New York Nat . Graded NM 7 by PSA. Stunning high-grade example of this fascinating Mathewson rarity. Bright and crisp, with brilliant colors, four sharp corners with just a hint of wear, and centered slightly to the top border (which is not uncommon with this issue due to their very narrow borders). Approximately twenty years ago, there was an amazing high-grade find of T213-3 Coupons, all in Nr/Mt (or better) condition. Most super high-grade examples originate from this find and we would be surprised if this gem did not also. This card is absolutely gorgeous and has a Nr/Mt-Mt appearance. One of the curious anomalies of the card-collecting world is that this card is literally hundreds of times rarer than the T206 Mathewson of the same pose, but according to guides is actually valued at a discount to a T206 Matty. The market's fickle nature is the advanced and rare card collector's gain in this case. 2) Chief Bender (trees in background). Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Various flaws including a few surface scratches but still an attractive card and very presentable sample Hall of Famer. It is interesting to note that Bender is identified simply as "Chief Bender" on the front of the card with no team affiliation, as he was no longer a player with a Major League team when this set was issued in 1919. 3) Hal Chase, N.Y. Nat. Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Slight miscut along the top border and off-center to the right, with a few light creases, but still a very nice looking card. It seems fitting that this set featuring Hal Chase's last card was issued in 1919. Chase was not formally banned, but effectively that was his fate, as under National League president Heydler's orders he was "not invited back" to the majors following the 1919 season. T213 (Type 3) is a very interesting issue. Similar in design and borrowing the same images as T206, the T213 (Type 3) Coupon set was issued exclusively in the Louisiana area, and was the very last of the traditional tobacco-card sets. The set was issued in 1919. T213 (Type 3) Coupons are far rarer than their T206 counterparts, and one of tobacco-card collecting's most overlooked issues. The Christy Mathewson card in this lot is a outstanding highlight worthy of a lot unto itself. Total 3 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,937.50

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