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Lot # 185 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1913 T200 Fatima Pittsburgh Nationals Team Premium with Honus Wagner

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,160

This large team photograph of the Pittsburgh Nationals was issued as a special premium by Fatima cigarettes. The Pirates are one of the most desirable teams in this series, featuring Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke. T200 premiums, which are giant versions of the T200 Fatima photos packaged with Fatima cigarettes, feature glossy team photos on thick cardboard mounts and are ideal for display. These large premium team cards are among the rarest of all baseball tobacco issues, and were available only by mail in exchange for forty coupons, which were included (one per pack) with Fatima cigarettes. Because of their large size, they often have numerous condition problems. This example has been slightly trimmed down along the mount to dimensions of 19.25 x 11 inches (compared to 21 x 13 inches as issued) but the entire image is preserved and intact. There is a minor chip in the upper left corner, which has been repaired with glue and vintage tape on the reverse, along with scattered foxing and minor surface imperfections, which do not detract from the overall display value of the piece. The blank reverse of the mount displays some stray markings and light staining. These flaws could all easily be masked with matting and framing, if desired. The photograph has flawless contrast and presents a magnificent and crystal-clear image, especially of the key Hall of Famers, Wagner and Clarke. This is a superb and ideal-for-display, yet relatively affordable, example of this extreme tobacco-card premium rarity. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,160

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