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1914 T213 Coupon Cigarette (Type 2) PSA-Graded Collection Including Cobb and Mathewson (23)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $9,400

Stunning collection of twenty-three T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarette cards, in extremely high grade, highlighted by twelve Hall of Famers including Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Tris Speaker. Card for card, this is by far the best collection of T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarette cards we have ever seen! Every card is a highlight! T213 (Type 2) Coupon is one of tobacco-card collecting's rarest and most overlooked sets. It is also a particularly interesting issue. Similar in design and borrowing the same images as T206, the T213 (Type 2) Coupon set was issued exclusively in the Louisiana area, and is far rarer than its T206 counterparts. Because they were issued in 1914, they are not only one of the last of the traditional tobacco-card issues, but also one of the few tobacco-card sets to feature players identified with Federal League teams. Their connection and significance to the T206 set is especially fascinating due to cards where the players are identified with teams different than those indicated in the T206 set. In many ways, the T213 (Type 2) Coupon is truly an extension of the T206 set. The coupon cards are seldom seen, and because of this receive little attention, but upon reflection we think it would be impossible for any advanced tobacco collector to not appreciate the intrigue and unique connection of T213 (Type 2) Coupons (as well as their extreme relative rarity) to the T206 "White Borders" set.

Do not be fooled by the PSA grades on the labels of these cards! This is an incredible high-grade group! In fact, most are the highest-graded examples! These cards were produced with a thin glossy surface coating that almost always naturally creates light surface creases. This is somehow related to the production process, the shrinking over time of the glossy surface due to its composition, or both. We're not sure why these extremely fine glossy coating creases occur on T213 (Type 2) Coupon cards, but they do, and grading companies treat them as normal creases, as opposed to natural to the issue (which they are). It is very rare to see a T213 (Type 2) example without one or more insignificant surface crease, which impacts their technical PSA and SGC grades but are so minor it has no impact on the overall appearance of the cards. This is what they are supposed to look like in high grade! This is a spectacular group!

This collection represents 12% of the set. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by PSA. In the following list, cards that technically grade Good or VG, let alone VG-EX, in most cases have an Excellent or EX-MT appearance and have been downgraded from much higher levels solely due to a very slight and insignificant surface crease.

The PSA grades are as follows: One EX 5: Collins (HOF; Phila., "A" on shirt). One VG-EX+ 4.5: Schaefer (K.C. Fed., "W" on shirt). Six VG-EX 4: Lajoie (HOF; Cleveland), McQuillan (Pittsburgh), Miller, Meyers (qualified [MK]; fielding, New York), Speaker (HOF), and Wheat (HOF; Brooklyn Nat.). Seven VG 3: Bresnahan (HOF; Chicago), Bresnahan (HOF; Toledo), Cobb (HOF; bat off shoulder), Doyle (batting), Marquard (HOF; pitching, "NY" on shirt), Mathewson (HOF), and Warhop (New York). One GOOD+ 2.5: Sweeney (Chicago). Seven GOOD 2: Ford, Huggins (HOF; hands at mouth), McGraw (HOF; portrait), Oldring (Philadelphia Amer.), Summers, Thomas (Philadelphia Amer.), and Tinker (HOF; Chicago Fed., bat off shoulder). This is an outstanding collection of one of tobacco-card collecting's most overlooked significant issues, which is far rarer than its more widely collected and well-known tobacco-card cousins such as T205 and T206. The Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, and Christy Mathewson cards (among others), in this lot are each extremely substantial highlights. Total: 23 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.
SOLD FOR $9,400

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