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1914 T222 Fatima Cigarettes Walter Johnson - Newly Discovered! Found in a Bible!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,800

Presented is a newly discovered example of Hall of Famer Walter Johnson's extremely rare 1914 T222 Fatima Cigarettes card. Johnson, along with the rookie card of Grover Alexander, is the key card to the set, and he is also one of fifteen short-printed cards, which make completing the set especially challenging. Issued in 1914 by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company, the individual player Fatima cards are among the most distinctive of all tobacco cards and are much rarer than the T200 Fatima team cards. The thin photographic stock and fragile glossy surface of these unusual real-photo style cards make them especially susceptible to minor surface creases. The offered example is graded PR 1 by PSA due to various condition issues, including a heavy diagonal crease passing through the center of the card, a small chip out of the left border, and staining on the reverse. Despite these flaws, the card presents with almost all of the central image unobstructed and with superb photo clarity. This is an extremely pleasing example despite its modest assigned grade! This card is accompanied by a fascinating story of its discovery:

The card was just recently discovered by a noncollector tucked inside a family bible, where it had been used as a bookmark for the last one hundred years! Here are links to stories about the discovery (which also included two other non-star T222 Fatima player cards) :

http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/century-old-baseball-card-found-in-old-bible/

http://www.justcollect.com/blog/rare-walter-johnson-hiding-in-bible

This is an outstanding, and most miraculous (sorry, we couldn't resist using this adjective) surviving example from the condition-sensitive T222 set featuring one of the greatest pitchers ever to play the game, and it presents a tremendous collecting opportunity to acquire one of prewar-card collecting's rarest cards, worthy of even the most advanced collection.  Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+++. SOLD FOR $1,800


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