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Lot # 52 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1893 Just So Tobacco C. L. Childs PSA EX-MT 6

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $32,588

Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Issued in 1893, Just So Tobacco cards are one of the most unusual and most obscure of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. Featuring portraits of the Cleveland Spiders, as they were known at the time, cards from this set are legendary for their incredible rarity. They are very distinctive both in size (measuring 2.5 x 3.875 inches) as well as their very close to black-and-white (yet, according to catalogs, still technically sepia) appearance. The 1890s were a very slow decade for baseball-card sets. Just So Tobacco is one of the very few issues of the era, adding to its great significance to collectors. Offered is Spiders' second baseman Cupid Childs, identified beneath his portrait as "C. L. Childs." The Spiders of the 1890s earned the dubious distinction of being one of the dirtiest playing clubs to ever take the field in the history of the game. This is an extremely attractive EX-MT example of this extraordinary rarity. The card is crisp and clean, both front and back, with perfect contrast, no creases or wrinkles, excellent centering, and four square corners showing light traces of wear. Just So Tobacco cards are virtually nonexistent in the marketplace. We estimate that fewer than twenty-five examples in total are known to exist (PSA and SGC have combined to authenticate sixteen examples). When a Just So does come up for sale, it is almost always in low grade. This card has survived miraculously in incredible EX-MT condition, the highest grade ever assigned to a Just So of any player, and presents an extremely rare opportunity to acquire an extraordinary example of one of card collecting's most legendary sample-card rarities. This card was one of the great prizes of the Bruce Dorskind Collection, and decades earlier had been the lone and highly prized sample from the collection of legendary hobby pioneer Lawrence Kurzrok. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $32,588

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