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Circa 1910 T218 Mecca "Champion Athletes and Prize Fighters" Complete Set (153)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,058

Complete set of 153 cards featuring early twentieth-century "Athletes and Prize Fighters" issued with Hassan and Mecca tobacco products. Collectors are well aware of the many baseball sets of the 1910 era, but several very substantial high-quality sets featuring other athletes were also issued by tobacco companies. The largest and most substantial of these sets is the T218 Mecca "Champion Athletes and Prize Fighters" set. The T218 series features sixty-six boxers and eighty-seven other champion athletes of the era, including golfers, bowlers, billiards champions, and track-and-field stars. 30% range in grade from Vg-Ex to Ex (with a few better), 35% Vg, and 35% lesser grades. Keys: Abe Attell (Fr-Gd), Joe Gans (Vg), Joe Jeannette (Gd), two James Jeffries (front pose is Vg-Ex and side pose is Gd), two Jack Johnson (front pose is Gd and side pose is Vg/Vg-Ex), Stanley Ketchell (pinhole, otherwise Vg-Ex), Sam Langford (Vg). Compared to baseball cards of the era, this set (which is at least as scarce) represents a particularly outstanding value. This is an extremely attractive complete set of one of the most classic tobacco sport issues from the early twentieth century. Total: 153 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,058

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