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1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" Mordecai "Miner" Brown - Red Background - Rare "Old Put Cigars" Overprint!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,440
Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Presented is an "Old Put 5 ct. Cigar" E98 overprint, one of card collecting's most unusual and rare sample cards. This example is particularly extraordinary as it features Hall of Famer Mordecai Brown. This is the only "Old Put 5 ct. Cigar" E98 overprint card of Brown we have ever seen. "Overprinting" is a term commonly used to refer to the rare practice of a company taking cards already issued by another manufacturer and adding advertising, in the form of printing or an ink stamp, to allow the cards to function as its own advertising vehicle at modest cost. In this case, the overprint on this E98 Brown advertises for "Old Put 5 ct. Cigars." The overprint on the offered card is done in purple ink. "Old Put" may not have been able to afford to issue its own set of cards, or simply chose not to do so. Since E98s have no advertising on the reverse (just a checklist, though the ACC states they were "probably issued by Briggs"), "Old Put" added its own advertising to the backs of these already printed cards. Judging by how few have survived, it can be assumed that this practice was not very successful. This is an outstanding example of one of card collecting's rarest and most unusual sample cards. The card has a brilliant red background, with a flawless image, evenly rounded corners, a faint horizontal crease across Brown's image, and centering towards the bottom. The back is clean, with only the light horizontal creasing visible. The "Old Put" stamp is bold, with slightly lighter stamping in the word "Cigar" This is an extremely attractive, and possibly unique example of one of card collecting's rarest and most interesting 1910-era sample cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,440
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