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1913 T200 Fatima Team PSA- and SGC-Graded Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,200
Fatima Cigarettes is responsible for one of the most unusual and distinctive of all tobacco-card issues: the T200 Fatima team-card set. Presented is an attractive trio of T200 Fatima team cards, each professionally graded and encapsulated (two SGC and one PSA). The offered cards are extremely strong throughout and, for T200 Fatima Team cards, one of the most condition-sensitive sets ever issued, these three cards are in relatively high grade. The thin stock and fragile real-photo surface of T200 Fatimas makes them very susceptible to light creasing. Many collectors consider T200, and the similarly designed T222 individual-player cards, the single most condition-sensitive sets in all of vintage-card collecting. As is often the case with T200 Fatimas, these cards look far better than their assigned grades. This collection consists of the following: Cincinnati Nationals (PSA VG-EX+ 4.5), Philadelphia Nationals (SGC VG+ 45), and Pittsburgh Nationals (SGC EX 60, featuring Honus Wagner). The fact that Honus Wagner appears on this 1913 tobacco card has long been overlooked by many collectors, but certainly adds a very interesting dimension of appeal. (It is also approximately a million dollars cheaper than a T206 tobacco card of Honus Wagner!) T200 Fatimas is a set which is not practical to collect in Mint condition, and even cards graded higher than Ex are very difficult to come by due to their fragile nature. This set is also just beginning to be appreciated for its combination of rarity, unusual design, photographic quality, and the exceptional value it represents compared to other far more common tobacco-card issues of the era. The total SMR value (factoring in the two half-grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $1,200. Total: 3 cards. SOLD FOR $1,200
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