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1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Roger Connor
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,259
Extremely rare sample card from the Yum Yum Tobacco series of 1888 featuring Hall of Famer Roger Connor in a portrait pose. Yum Yums have always been one of the nineteenth century's most legendary rarities. In fact, fewer than one hundred examples in total have been graded by DGC and PSA combined! Yum Yum Tobacco was a brand of the August Beck Company of Chicago. Since the earliest days of organized collecting, advanced collectors have appreciated the mystique of the rarest pre-1900 baseball-card issues, especially Yum Yum Tobacco cards. Whether it is because of the brand name, their unusual look, extreme rarity, or a combination of all of these factors, few card issues command the respect that Yum Yum Tobacco cards do among the most serious collectors. It is always a privilege to offer a Yum Yum, regardless of condition. This particular example has been graded "Authentic" by SGC due to vintage tape repairs across the center of the card and in the lower left corner. The tape reinforces heavy creasing (especially severe in the lower left; it appears the corner separated and was reattached). Aside from this obvious flaw, the card is well centered with strong contrast and even rounding to the corners. The blank reverse displays moderate soiling as well as pencil marks underneath the band of tape across the center. Despite its modest condition, this card remains an exceptional photographic-style example (Yum Yums were also issued with line-drawn woodcut designs) from this extremely rare and desirable nineteenth-century set, featuring one of the nineteenth century's most legendary Hall of Famers, Roger Connor. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,259
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