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1912 S81 Large Silk Premium #96 Nap Lajoie - NR/MT-MT!!!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,963
Stunning ultra high-grade example of Cleveland Naps Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie from the 1912 S81 Large Silk tobacco-premium issue from a remarkable find. This example is entirely new to the hobby and has been consigned by a noncollector in the New England area who found this silk (along with Cobb, Speaker, Jennings, and the S81 generals and flag silks also offered in this auction) many years ago and has kept them in his possession until now. The S81 silks could only be obtained by mail, in exchange for twenty Helmar Tobacco gift coupons per silk. The redeemable coupons were inserted one coupon per pack, so it is not surprising that these premiums are extremely rare. Nap Lajoie is one of the key Hall of Famers in the set, which includes just twenty-five subjects, and this is one of the rarest and most desirable of all Nap Lajoie tobacco issues. The illustration of Lajoie used in the S81 premium silk set is identical to that used in the T3 Turkey Red set and the rare L1 Leather set, all of which were part of this same promotion. This is a magnificent example! It has a flawless image area with extremely bold, bright colors, perfect registration, and centered to the right. Some very slight fraying at the top and bottom is present, as is almost always the case with large silks. Overall Near Mint to Mint condition. Also accompanying the silk are the original paper backing and thin wax paper overlay as issued! This is an extremely attractive and very rarely offered ultra high-grade example of Nap Lajoie, one of the finest in existence, from one of the rarest and most classic of all 1910-era tobacco-premium issues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,963
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