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1914 T222 Fatima Individual Players Near-Complete Set (44/52) Including Johnson, Alexander, and Five Other Hall of Famers
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $7,110
Incredible near-complete set of forty-four (of fifty-two) T222 Fatima player cards issued by the Leggett & Myers Tobacco Company in 1914, highlighted by seven Hall of Famers, including Grover Cleveland Alexander (rookie card) and Walter Johnson (short print). Missing only eight of the scarce short prints for completion: Baumgardner, Hamilton, Henry, Lelivelt, Lobert, L. Magee, Morgan, and Schulte. This is the largest collection of these rare tobacco cards that we have ever had the privilege of offering! A remarkable collection like this does not just happen to come together by chance; it must be painstakingly assembled by a dedicated collector over a period of many years. That, in fact, is exactly how these came to be assembled many years ago by one of the hobby's truly great pioneer collectors. Do not be fooled by the modest technical grades! This is not a set that can reasonably be collected in high grade. The thin photographic stock and fragile glossy surface of these unusual real-photo style cards make them especially susceptible to creasing. These individual-player Fatima cards are much rarer than the T200 Fatima team cards. These cards are usually found just a few at a time and almost always in low grades. We submitted the seven Hall of Famers to SGC for grading and encapsulation. SGC Grading Composite: Alexander (FAIR 20), Bresnahan (FAIR 20), Chance (FAIR 20), Huggins (FAIR 20), Jennings (POOR 10), Johnson SP (Authentic, slight trim), and Marquard (FAIR 20). Each card in this collection is bright and crisp with strong images but would grade very modestly due to cracking, corner wear, and other flaws common to the issue, as well as writing or album residue on a few cards. There are also a few cards that display a slight trim on one edge. The advertising on the backs of the cards refer to the set as being comprised of "famous Baseball players, American Athletic champions and Photoplay stars." This is an outstanding and rarely offered near-complete set of these distinctive tobacco cards, which advanced collectors recognize are far rarer than their more widely collected tobacco-card cousins, such as T205 and T206. Consigned directly from the family of legendary collector Paul Pollard. Total: 44 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,110
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