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1910 T209 Contentnea Cigarettes "Photo Series" SGC-Graded Collection (100)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $14,400

Presented is an incredible collection of 100 different 1910 T209 Contentnea "Photo Series" Tobacco cards. Every card is professionally graded and encapsulated by either SGC (ninety) or PSA (ten). This is an extremely noteworthy assembly as it is only the third time in our more than forty years that we have offered a substantial group of cards from this set. We have been privileged to offer near-complete sets on behalf of the estates of legendary collectors Joe Peleaz and Paul Pollard in recent years, but typically, we will find only one card or a few cards in an old-time or type-card collection. This group of 100 different cards (representing approximately 45% of a complete set) is extremely substantial and far more cards than normally encountered at one time!

The T209 "Photo Series" set is comprised of 224 different players from the Virginia League, Carolina Association, and Eastern League. T209 Contentnea "Photo Series" are one of the rarest and (in large part because of their rarity) most overlooked of all tobacco-card issues. Although there are no Hall of Famers in this set, there are numerous extreme rarities and scarcer cards, some of which are included here. T209 Contentnea "Photo Series" Tobacco cards are among a small selection of elite sets that have long captured the imagination of many of the most legendary collectors, from the earliest days of serious collecting, perhaps more so in years past than even in recent times. The reason many great early collectors prized these cards so highly is twofold: 1) These cards could not (and cannot) simply be purchased in set form. They have to be collected. They are a challenge. 2) Ultimately, cards are about the players that are featured. Many of the players in T209 "Photo Series" are featured in few or no other sets. These characteristics make the real-photo T209 Contentnea set especially significant to the game of baseball and to the world of baseball cards, and especially appealing to the most sophisticated collectors. T209 cards also have a very distinctive design with striking player poses unique to this set.

SGC Grading Composite: Three EX 60: Dobson, Eldridge, and Salve. Eight VG/EX 50: Coutts, Duvie, Ebinger, Gastmeyer, Midkiff, Redfern, Simmons, and Walsh (PSA). Eleven VG 40: Callahan (PSA), Dailey, Fairbanks (PSA), Flowers (PSA), Landgraff, McFarlin (PSA), Mullany, Roth (PSA), Schumaker, Vickery, and Willis. Two GOOD+ 35: Morrissey and Williams. Twenty-four GOOD 30: Beatty (PSA), Bigbie, Bourquin, Cooper, Doyle, Gillespie, Fisher, Forque, Handiboe, Humphrey, Jobson, King, Kite, Lavoia, Lucia, Luyster, Newton, Phealean, Smith, Spratt (PSA), Swindell, Tydeman, Walker, and Waters. Twenty-four FAIR 20: Andrada, Bausewein, Biel, Bigbie/Raleigh, Dobard, Foltz, Fulton, Galvin, Garman, Gorham, Griffin/Lynchburg, Gunderson, Kelly, McFarland, McHugh, McKeavitt, Merchant, Morgan, Ridgeway, Shaw, Stouch, Walker/Spartanburg, Wehrell, and Weldon. Twenty-six POOR 10: Armstrong, Baker, Bentley, Chandler, Drumm, Ferrell, Hammersley, Howard, Irvine, Jenkins/Greenville, Johnson, Kelley, Kelly, Lane, Lathrop (PSA), Malcolm, Martin, Mayberry, Schmidt, Smith, Springs, Taxis, Titman, Turner, Walters (PSA), and Woolums. Two Authentic: Griffin and Smith.

The notable size, scope, and condition of the offered collection are equally as impressive. The T209 Contentnea "Photo Series" features players in a variety of poses, ranging from detailed ballpark scenes to formal studio portraits, and the one hundred cards offered here contain a nice mixture of these various poses. As noted earlier, there are a number of extremely difficult individual cards that make completing this set virtually impossible. However, certain teamsare naturally more difficult to find and therefore command a premium from collectors familiar with the intricacies of this set. This collection contains twenty-one cards from the top six most difficult teams, including (in order of difficulty) Portsmouth (two), Wilson (one), Goldsboro (seven), Anderson (four), Danville (three), and Rocky Mount (four). The condition of these cards is also far superior to what is commonly found in T209 Contentnea cards, which tend to grade Poor to Fair or only qualify for "Authentic." Approximately 48% of the SGC-graded population grades Fair or lower, making the forty-eight cards graded Good or higher truly outstanding condition specimens for this tough set. This is an extremely rare offering of one hundred cards from the T209 Contentnea "Photo Series," one of the rarest and most fascinating of all tobacco-card issues, which would provide an incredible foundation for the assembly of a larger collection or complete set or supplement even the most advanced prewar-card collection. Total: 100 cards.

SOLD FOR $14,400

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