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Lot # 623 (623 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1914 T222 Fatima Cigarettes Grover Alexander Rookie Card

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,160

Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. Presented is an outstanding 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. 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 example of Alexander’s rookie card is bright and clean, with outstanding contrast, four square corners, and centering to the right. Two horizontal creases, one directly above his head and the other below his knees, account for the modest assigned grade. This type of surface flaw is extremely common to T222 because of their delicate stock. The reverse is also perfectly clean with a boldly printed advertisement. This is a very attractive, modestly graded example of the most significant of all Grover Cleveland Alexander cards, his rookie card, which is especially important as it is one of the two key cards (along with Walter Johnson) from the exceptionally high quality T222 set that dates from the early teens. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,160

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