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1912 T227 "Series of Champions" Complete Baseball Set (4)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,113

Extremely attractive complete set of all four different baseball players from the unusual and rare 1912 T227 Series of Champions set, highlighted by one Ty Cobb's most impressive tobacco cards, each graded and encapsulated by SGC. The T227s are far more scarce than the T205 or T206 tobacco cards, but because T227s seldom survive in technically high grades, they are rarely the focus of high-grade collectors. It is believed that T227s were packaged in tobacco pouches without protection from either tobacco or general handling, thus accounting for their survival almost exclusively in mid or low grades. T227 "Series of Champions" cards are unique in design, and have the look of "giant T206s." There are only twenty-five cards in the set, including four ballplayers. The set of four baseball players consists of the following: "Home Run" Baker (SGC FAIR 20; several creases mostly near the corners, flawless colors), "Chief" Bender (SGC GOOD 30; very well centered with brilliant colors, a few light creases on the lower portion of the card), Ty Cobb (SGC GOOD 30; bright colors, a few small, light creases, and some tobacco stains on the back), and Rube Marquard (SGC GOOD 30; bright and crisp with flawless colors, a few creases). All four cards have advertisement for Honest Long Cut tobacco. These four cards each have strong eye appeal and, as is often the case with T227s, display far better than suggested by their technical SGC-assigned grades. This is a very attractive complete baseball set from this rare, uniquely designed, and in our opinion, extremely overlooked tobacco issue. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades is $3,130. Total 4 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,113

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