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1913 T200 Fatima Pittsburgh Nationals Team Premium with Honus Wagner
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,300
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. The offered example has a very attractive mounted photograph, with flawless contrast and crystal-clear image. There are a few small spots of surface wear visible on the photo along with a small one-inch crack underneath the image of Butler. Minor chipping of the mount is present along the edges and at the corners. The blank reverse shows evidence of having once been mounted, with glue residue and a few small areas of paper loss present. These flaws, along with the edge flaws mentioned above, could all easily be masked with matting and framing, if desired. This is a superb and ideal-for-display, yet relatively affordable, example of this extreme tobacco-card premium rarity highlighted by key Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,300
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