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1913 T200 Fatima Team PSA- and SGC-Graded Pair: Chicago and Philadelphia Americans

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960

Fatima Cigarettes is responsible for one of the most unusual and distinctive of all tobacco-card issues: the T200 Fatima team-card set. Presented is an attractive pair of T200 Fatima team cards, each professionally graded and encapsulated (one PSA and one SGC). The offered cards are extremely strong; and, especially for T200 Fatima Team cards, one of the most condition-sensitive sets ever issued, these cards are in exceptionally high grade. The thin stock and fragile real-photo surface of T200 Fatimas makes them very susceptible to light creasing. Many collectors consider T200, and the similarly designed T222 individual-player cards, the single most condition-sensitive sets in all of vintage-card collecting. As is often the case with T200 Fatimas, these cards look far better than their assigned grades might suggest. 1) Chicago Americans: SGC EX 60. Featuring Hall of Famers Ray Schalk and Ed Walsh, as well as stars Hal Chase, Eddie Cicotte, and Buck Weaver. 2) Philadelphia Americans: PSA EX 5. Featuring Hall of Famers Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, Connie Mack, and Eddie Plank. Both cards have outstanding photos, near-perfect centering, square corners, and are free of any creases or surface cracks, which so often affect these cards. T200 Fatimas is a set which is not practical to collect in Mint condition, and due to their fragile nature even cards graded higher than EX are very difficult to come by. This set is also just beginning to be appreciated for its combination of rarity, unusual design, photographic quality, and the exceptional value it represents compared to other far more common tobacco-card issues of the era. The total SMR value is $1,215. Total: 2 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $960

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