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1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco "Series 6" Blue Grass League Complete Set Minus 4 (62/66)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,800
Complete set (minus four) of sixty-two different 1910 T210 Old Mill "Series 6" cards featuring Blue Grass League players. Missing only Ellis, the rare Stengel, Toney, and Viox for completion. (The Stengel originally accompanied the set and has been separated to be offered as its own lot in this auction.) The T210 set is actually comprised of eight different series, each a set unto itself, representing a different minor league. The "Series 6" cards feature players from the Blue Grass League. A complete or near-complete series such as this is very rarely offered. (This is only the second near-complete set from this series we have ever offered. The other appeared as lot #384 in REA's 2011 auction, realizing $14,200.) This "Series 6" set is part of an extraordinary near-complete T210 Old Mill set (Series 1 through 8) assembled over a period of many years by an extremely advanced collector and offered by series in this auction.
This near-complete "Series 6" set (missing 4) consists of the following: Angermeier (fielding), Angermeier (port.), Atwell, Badger, Barnett, Barney, Beard, Bohannon, Callahan, Chapman, Chase, Coleman, Cornell (Frankfort), Cornell (Winchester), Creager, Dailey, Edington, Elgin, Everden, Gisler, Goodman, Goostree (hands behind back), Goostree (leaning on bat), Haines, Harold, Heveron, Hicks, Hoffmann, Horn, Kaiser, Keifel, Kimbrough, Kircher (Shelbyville), Kircher (Winchester), Kuhlman (3/4 length), Kulhman (port.), L'Heureux, Mcilvain, McKernan, Meyers, Moloney, Mullin, Olson, Oyler, Reed, Ross, Scheneberg (fielding), Scheneberg (port.), Schultz, Scott, Sinex, Thoss, Tilford, Van Landingham (Lexington), Van Landingham (Shelbyville), Walden, Whitaker, Wills, Womble, Wright, Yarger, and Yancey. Condition is 26% Vg-Ex, 48% Vg, 15% Gd, and 11% lesser (including four miscut, which measure approximately 1/16" or more small compared to the other cards).
The T210 Old Mill Tobacco card set has always been extremely highly regarded by advanced collectors because it features so many players that appear in no other sets, it has a very distinctive design, it is scarce compared to most other tobacco-card sets of the era, and it features striking photos that are unique to the set. The T210 Old Mill set is also well known by all collectors due to its inclusion of Joe Jackson (Series 8) and Casey Stengel (Series 6), which are today regarded as two of the most famous and valuable of all baseball cards (each of which appears in the Featured section of this auction and originate from the same near-complete T210 set as this lot). It is virtually impossible to complete the entire set, and only a few complete sets (or even sets minus a few cards) have ever been assembled. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a near-complete set of one of the key series, featuring Blue Grass League players of the Southern League, which has been painstakingly assembled by an extremely dedicated advanced collector. Total: 62 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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