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1914 T213 Coupon Cigarette (Type 2) Tris Speaker PSA EX 5 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,541

Graded EX 5 by PSA. Highest graded! Incredibly stunning T213 (Type 2) of Tris Speaker in a batting pose, one of the key cards to this elusive and extremely rare tobacco set. PSA EX 5 is an extraordinary grade for a card from this set. Out of a total of 757 T213-2 Coupons (of all players) graded in the history of PSA, this is one of only seventeen examples that have ever graded EX 5, with only two graded higher (one EX+ 5.5 and one EX-MT 6). T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarettes is one of tobacco-card collecting's rarest and most overlooked sets. This is the finest T213 (Type 2) example of Speaker we have ever seen or offered. 1914 T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarettes is 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 because on some cards 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-card 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. This is an exceptional example of Speaker, bright and clean with bold colors, near-flawless registration, and centering slightly to the left. The corners are strong with only the lightest hint of wear (most noticeable to the bottom right). These cards were produced with a thin glossy surface coating that almost always naturally creates light surface creases. Remarkably, this Tris Speaker is free of all creasing. The back is clean with very bold and crisp print. This is an extraordinary high-grade example of one of the most desirable key cards in the set, and one of Speaker's rarest and most interesting tobacco cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,541

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