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1914 T216 Kotton Tobacco Chief Bender - Both "Striped Cap" and "White Cap" Pose Variations (2)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,700
Extremely rare pair of tobacco cards representing both pose variations for Hall of Famer Chief Bender (Baltimore Federal League) from the 1914 Kotton Tobacco set. Produced by the People's Tobacco Co. of New Orleans, the Kotton Tobacco series was regionally issued only in the Louisiana area. The Kotton Tobacco set shares designs with several other closely related caramel and bakery issues (E90-1 American Caramel Company, E92 Dockman & Sons, etc.) from the same era. All Kotton Tobacco cards are extremely rare, but Hall of Fame examples are especially desirable to many collectors. Bender is one of eleven Hall of Famers in the T216 set with more than one variation (striped cap and white cap in this case) and one of just a handful depicted with different teams (Baltimore and Philadelphia). Interestingly, on Bender's Baltimore "striped cap" card, he is pictured in his Philadelphia Athletics uniform. 1) Bender/striped cap: Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Flawless image set against a blue background, with even wear to the four corners and a horizontal crease visible at top. The reverse is boldly printed with a few tiny surface chips and light tobacco staining at the bottom. 2) Bender/white cap: Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. Flawless image set against a green background, with even wear to the four corners (a small bend is present in the lower left), and two light surface creases. Clean, boldly printed reverse. An extremely attractive and noteworthy pair of 1914 tobacco-card rarities, each featuring Hall of Famer Chief Bender when he was with the Baltimore Terrapins of the Federal League. Total: 2 cards. SOLD FOR $2,700
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