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1910 Plow Boy Tobacco Bert Olmstead

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,680

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example of Fred Olmstead from the Plow Boy Tobacco series graded at any level by either PSA or SGC! Exceptional sample card from this unusual sepia-toned 1910 cabinet-card issue which features Cubs and White Sox players, issued by the Spaulding & Merrick Tobacco Company to promote its Plow Boy Tobacco brand. Their rarity is related to the fact that they were issued only in the Chicago area. Plow Boy Tobacco cards measure 5-3/4 x 8 inches. They are easily one of the rarest of all twentieth-century tobacco issues, and of additional note, these cards show players in poses that are unique to this set. Plow Boy Tobacco cards were issued with two different advertising reverses, one with a simple advertisement and another containing the same advertisement along with a checklist of premiums available. The offered example features the advertising reverse without premium checklist. The card displays a crisp image, with light age spotting visible on the front as well as light toning around the edges. The reverse is boldly printed and clean. A grade of VG/EX is particularly impressive for cards from this issue; only eight cards (of any subject) have ever been graded higher by SGC (all grade EX). A superb example worthy of even the most advanced sample or prewar-card collection.  Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,680

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