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1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco Series 8 and T211 Red Sun Cigarettes Matched-Pair Collection (6 cards)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,700
Presented is a fascinating collection of six cards, three each from the T210 Old Mill Tobacco and T211 Red Sun Cigarettes sets, which offers three matched pairs (cards sharing the same image) from these two rare 1910-era issues. The players presented here are Foster (New Orleans), La Fitte (New Orleans), and Pepe (Montgomery). Both the T210 set, as part of the rare "Series 8," and the T211 set, exclusively feature players from the Southern Association. Interestingly, the three players offered in this collection all have a close tie to the legendary T206 White Border series issued around the same time. Foster and La Fitte appear as part of the "Southern Leaguer" subset (Foster in the same pose and La Fitte in a different one), while Pepe is one of the unique Southern Leaguer proof cards discovered many years ago but never issued as part of the set (on that proof card, he appears in the same pose, although it is cropped differently). This collection consists of the following: Foster (T210: SGC POOR 10 and T211: SGC VG/EX 50), La Fitte (T210: SGC GOOD 30 and T211: SGC GOOD 30), and Pepe (T210: SGC FAIR 20 and T211: PSA GOOD 2). All cards are bright and crisp, with flawless images (only La Fitte's T211 and both cards of Pepe have light creasing on the image). The T210 Old Mill Tobacco card set has always been extremely highly regarded by advanced collectors for its very distinctive design, its scarcity compared to most other tobacco-card sets of the era, and its extremely striking photos. The eighth series, of which the three cards are part, is universally recognized as among the rarest in the T210 set. The T211 Red Sun set has long been considered one of the rarest and (in large part because of its rarity) most overlooked of all tobacco-card issues. The combination of cards from these two issues, ideally in matched pairs, is especially interesting and worthy of any prewar-card collection. Total: 6 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,700
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