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1910 T211 Red Sun Tobacco SGC-Graded Collection (8)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,900
Collection of eight different 1910 T211 Red Sun Cigarettes cards, each graded and encapsulated by SGC. The T211 set is comprised of seventy-five different players from the Southern Association. T211 Red Sun is one of the rarest and (in large part because of its rarity) most overlooked of all tobacco-card issues. Red Sun cards share the same designs as those in the eighth series of the 1910 T210 Old Mill set, which are universally recognized as among the rarest cards in the T210 set. The offered cards are all in extremely high grade for T211 Red Suns, grading either VG/EX 50 or VG/EX+ 55. Of the nearly 400 cards from this series evaluated by SGC to date, approximately ten percent have graded EX or better (with none higher than EX/NM). These seven cards have been pulled from the near-complete set offered in this auction due to their extreme high grade. This collection consists of the following: Anderson (VG/EX+ 55, 1 of 1, one higher), Brooks (VG/EX 50, 1 of 2, one higher), Flood (VG/EX+ 55, 1 of 1, one higher), Fritz (VG/EX 50, 1 of 1, one higher), Hart (VG/EX 50, 1 of 2, highest graded), Pratt (VG/EX+ 55, 1 of 1, one higher), Sweeney (VG/EX 50, 1 of 2, one higher), and Wiseman (VG/EX 50, 1 of 1, one higher). T211 Red Sun Tobacco cards are among a small selection of elite sets that have long captured the imagination of many of the most legendary collectors, from the earliest days of serious collecting, perhaps more so in years past than even in recent times. The reason many great early collectors prized these cards so highly is twofold: 1) These cards could not (and cannot) simply be purchased in set form. They are rare! They have to be collected. They are a challenge. (The near-complete set offered in this auction, from which these cards were pulled, is a remarkable collecting achievement!) 2) Ultimately, cards are about the players that are featured. Many of the players in T211 are featured in few or no other sets. These characteristics make the green-bordered T211 Red Sun set especially significant to the game of baseball and to the world of baseball cards, and especially appealing to the most sophisticated collectors. T211 Red Sun cards also have a very distinctive design with striking player poses, and a very attractive and unique advertising back design. This is an extremely desirable sampling of eight high-grade cards from this rare and extremely desirable 1910-era tobacco-card set. Total: 8 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,900
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