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1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco "Series 3" Texas League Complete SGC-Graded Orange Border Set (20)
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $6,000
Presented is an exceptional twenty-card subset from the 1910 T210 Old Mill "Series 3" cards, featuring Texas League players, consisting entirely of "orange border" cards, a sharp departure from the set's trademark red color. The orange border phenomenon only exists on "Series 3" cards, and to date, only twenty subjects have been confirmed to exist in both red and orange color. The offered set is, to the best of our knowledge, the only known complete orange-border subset ever assembled, and it is certainly the only complete subset ever made available for sale publicly. Our consignor, an extremely dedicated T210 collector, has been pursuing the orange-border cards for more than a decade. During this time, the second-most complete set of which he was aware consisted of approximately sixteen cards. This complete subset is the result of many years of dedicated collecting, avid research, and a little bit of luck! The T210 Old Mill Tobacco card set has always been extremely highly regarded by advanced collectors because it features so many players that appear in no other sets, it has a very distinctive design, it is scarce compared to most other tobacco-card sets of the era, and it features striking photos that are unique to the set. The T210 set is actually comprised of eight different series, each a set unto itself, and each representing a different minor league. We have submitted all twenty cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. SGC Grading Composite: One EX+ 70: Billiard – San Antonio. One EX 60: Hooks – Waco. Four VG/EX 50: Firestine – San Antonio, Leidy – San Antonio, Munsell – Waco, and Yantz – San Antonio. Two VG+ 45: Johnston – Waco and Thebo – Waco. Three VG 40: Burch – Houston, Northen – Houston, and Stringer – Galveston. One GOOD+ 35: Curry – Waco. Three GOOD 30: Blanding – San Antonio, Gordon – Waco, and Kipp – San Antonio. Three FAIR 20: Alexander – San Antonio, Jones – Oklahoma, and Stinson – San Antonio. One POOR 10: Slaven – San Antonio. One Authentic: Nagel – Oklahoma. This complete subset is in exceptional condition for T210s, which so often are plagued by chipping to the delicate colored borders. Even the lesser-graded examples are very pleasing. We have seen a few orange-border T210s here and there in our many years, but this is easily by far the largest collection we have ever seen in one place, and it is, to the best of our knowledge, the only complete twenty-card subset of all known orange border cards in existence. A superb assembly worthy of even the most advanced T210 or prewar-card collection. Total: 20 cards.
Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,000
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