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1912 L1 Large Leather Premium #113 Rube Benton
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,300
Superb L1 Leather tobacco premium of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Rube Benton. Extremely attractive example from one of the rarest and most desirable of all tobacco-premium issues. L1 Leathers were issued as part of the same promotion as T3 Turkey Reds and S81 Silks. All three of these issues were available only by mail in exchange for coupons packaged with Helmar "Turkish Trophies" brand tobacco. Ten coupons were needed to get a T3, twenty-five coupons for an S81 silk, and fifty coupons were required to obtain each L1 Leather. The L1 Leathers are by far the rarest of these three classic tobacco-premium issues. This is a beautiful example! It is bright and crisp, with a virtually flawless surface. There are a few very tiny spots of wear visible at the tips along the perimeter. Overall Near Mint appearance. This L1 Leather is free of any small tack holes, which commonly are found on examples that were hung for display as intended. An outstanding example from this rare and desirable tobacco-premium issue that would be a significant addition to any extremely advanced Cincinnati Reds, type-card, or prewar-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,300
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