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1912 S110 Tobacco Premium Baseball-Motif Pillowcase
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422
Fine example of the classic S110 pillowcase tobacco premium featuring baseball players. This colorful display piece could be obtained only by mail in exchange for coupons packaged with Helmar and Turkey Red Tobacco. The pillowcase features Christy Mathewson in the center surrounded by "Home Run" Baker, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, and Marty O'Toole. The illustrations of the ballplayers are identical to those used in the S81 premium silk set, and almost identical to those used in the T3 Turkey Red set and the rare L1 Leather set, all of which were part of this same promotion. The pillowcase was the ultimate prize of the promotion, requiring the most coupons in exchange (100 coupons were needed to get a pillowcase). Not only are S110 pillowcases universally recognized as one of the premier tobacco-related display pieces of the era, in the eyes of many advanced collectors they also represent one of the most outstanding values of all 1910-era tobacco issues. An S81 of Ty Cobb alone would sell for far more than an S110 (which includes Cobb) in similar condition. S110 pillowcases are ideal for framing and display, and this example (23 x 23 inches) was once exhibited in just that manner: matted and framed. As a result, the border areas are toned and display framing-tape residue on both sides. The central image area displays light-to-moderate wear, including a few light stains and some light spotting running vertically through the O'Toole and Cobb panels (but not touching upon the player images). The colors remain bright, with little-to-no fading (a common problem with many examples). In Very Good condition overall, and it should be noted that the edge flaws can easily be matted out when framed again, and the central image area displays at a far higher level. This is a very attractive ideal-for-framing S110 Tobacco Premium with outstanding eye-appeal. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,422
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