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1910-1912 T215 Red Cross Tobacco Type 1 - Mike Donlin

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,410

Graded POOR 10 by SGC. T215 Red Cross (Type 1) tobacco card of "Turkey Mike" Donlin, one of the most important great stars of the era. This card is one of the many highlights from one of vintage-card collecting's most exciting recent discoveries: The Louisiana Find of 2010 (comprised of just 94 cards, all rarities, including eight T207 Red Cross back cards). Low-grade example displaying general wear, evenly rounded corners, extensive creasing, and ink marks near the top border. The reverse has a stain at the far left (when held horizontally as intended). Though not a Hall of Famer, "Turkey Mike" Donlin was a true star and also one of the most interesting off-the-field characters of the game in his day. A superb hitter, he batted over .300 ten times in twelve Major League seasons, and hit .356 with a league-high of 124 runs scored in 1905. He finished his career with a .333 lifetime batting average.Many years he also led the league in drinking, carousing, womanizing, and general mayhem, all the while enjoying popularity as great or greater than any other star of the dead-ball era. Donlin was with Pittsburgh for only one season, thus definitely dating this card to 1912. This is a low-grade card, but still a very presentable example from the T215 Red Cross tobacco-card series, one of the rarest of all tobacco-card sets. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,410

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