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Lot # 290 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1912 S81 Silk Premium Collection Including Three Hall of Famers (5)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $8,813

Collection of five rare 1912 S81 Silks consists of Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson, Grover Alexander, and Chief Bender, and non-Hall of Famers Russ Ford and Marty O’Toole. S81 Silks were issued as special premiums by Helmar Turkish Trophy cigarettes in 1912. 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 foremost 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 five S81s offered in this lot are very presentable, but each have various flaws (wrinkles, minor fraying along the edges, etc.) We have graded them individually as follows: Ford (a hint of a small glue stain in corners of reverse barely shows through to front, otherwise in very clean Excellent condition); Bender (Vg to Vg-Ex, bright and clean with a few wrinkles/creases); Alexander (Good, soiling and fold lines); Mathewson (Fair, thread holes round entire perimeter); O'Toole (fair due to general wear, light staining). Total 5 silks. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $8,813

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