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1912-1913 E270-2 Colgan's Chips "Tin Tops" Minor League SGC NM/MT 88 Collection (12)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,500
Presented is a superb ultra high-grade collection of twelve different examples, each professionally graded NM/MT 88 by SGC and featuring exclusively minor league players from the E270-2 Colgan's Chips "Tin Tops" series. Among the most unique and distinctive cards ever produced are the various Colgan's Chips issues, beginning with the 1909-1911 E254 "Stars of the Diamond" set and concluding with the E270-2 "Tin Tops" issued a few years later. E270-2 Colgan's Chips "Tin Tops" are particularly rare, far more so than the very similarly designed E254 "Stars of the Diamond" Colgan's set. Colgan's Chips cards are actually circular (1-7/16 inches in diameter) and were issued as inserts with Colgan's Chips products in the company's trademark round tins. E270-2 cards were inserted with Colgan's Violet or Mint Chips, as noted on the backs, which is all that at a glance distinguishes these cards from their more common E254 counterparts. Each of the cards in the offered collection is the highest-graded example on record, and two of the cards (bolded below) are the only specimens ever graded at any level. This collection consists of the following: Adkins/Baltimore, Atkins/Ft. Wayne, Clemons/Louisville, Esmond/Montreal, Frill/Buffalo, Lafitte/Providence, Lush/Toronto, McCarthy/Newark, Niles/Indianapolis, Perry/Newark, Shelton/Columbus, and Sisson/Atlanta. Each of the offered cards is pedigreed as having originated from the "Skydash Collection," which refers to a large 2007 find of 1910-era cards, including approximately 200 cards from the E270-2 set. Many of these extremely rare "Tin Tops" were absorbed into permanent collections at the time, but we are pleased to be able to offer some of these ultra high-grade specimens in this auction. As expected, the examples offered within this lot are virtually flawless, with a crisp image, no chipping, and boldly printed reverse. This is a tremendous opportunity to acquire an exceptionally attractive and high-grade collection of cards from this very rare and desirable issue. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Total: 12 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,500
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