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1914 T222 Fatima Cigarettes Grover Alexander Rookie - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,600

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Highest-graded example! One of only three examples graded at this level with none graded higher out of thirty-one cards evaluated by SGC to date. Presented is an extraordinary high-grade 1914 T222 Fatima rookie card of legendary Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander in a pitching pose. This is widely recognized as Alexander's most desirable card and it is very rarely offered, especially in such outstanding condition. Issued in 1914 by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company, the individual player Fatima cards are among the most distinctive of all tobacco cards and are much rarer than the T200 Fatima team cards. The thin photographic stock and fragile glossy surface of these unusual real-photo style cards make them especially susceptible to minor surface creases. This stunning example of Alexander’s rookie card is bright and clean, with outstanding contrast, four square corners with only the slightest hint of light wear, and centering to the left. A few tiny wrinkles on the surface, which are extremely common to T222 because of their delicate stock, keep this card from a higher grade. The reverse is also perfectly clean with a boldly printed advertisement. This is an incredible high-grade example (which is all the more noteworthy due to the condition-sensitive nature of the T222 set) of the most significant of all Grover Cleveland Alexander cards, his rookie card, which is especially significant as it is one of the two key cards (along with Johnson) from the exceptionally high quality T222 set that dates from the early teens. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $6,600

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