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Lot # 484 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 T4 Obak Premium Schmidt SGC EX/NM 80 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,259

Outstanding ultra high-grade T4 Obak Premium cabinet card of San Francisco infielder Walter Schmidt. Graded EX/NM 80, this is the highest grade ever awarded to a T4 Obak Premium by SGC (the next highest grade is a VG/EX 50, and the balance range in grade between FAIR 20 and "Authentic"). This is an extremely rare sample card. The large-format Obak Premium cards (5 x 7 inches) were available only by mail in exchange for coupons, which were distributed one per pack with Obak Cigarettes. Fifty Obak coupons were required to obtain each premium. In light of this, it is not surprising that they are so rare. The premiums feature Pacific Coast League players in the very same poses as appear in the traditional small-format T212 Obak insert cards, but larger and in striking black-and-white photographic images as opposed to color. It is fascinating to note that while the design of Obak premiums do not include player identifications, they almost always have a number in pencil written in the upper left corner of the reverse (the offered example does not and we see no evidence of erasure). This number corresponds to the player checklist on the Obak coupon, and was added by Obak to help with organization of the premiums as they filled orders. This cabinet has survived in extraordinary condition with a flawless image, four strong corners, and no chipping along the border. Crisp and clean, both front and back. This is an extremely impressive sample card from one of the Pacific Coast League's rarest sets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259

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