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Lot # 383 (383 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1909 T204 Ramly Cigarettes Frank Bancroft - Square Frame

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,700

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC (submitted by REA). Rare T204 Ramly Square Frame variation of Cincinnati manager Frank Bancroft. This is one of only three examples of Bancroft with a "square frame" ever to be graded by SGC. All Square Frame variations are extremely rare. Six players in the T204 Ramly set are known to exist with this distinctive design. Only a few examples of each T204 Square Frame card are known, and each is far rarer than many of the most well known tobacco-card rarities such as the T206 Wagner or Plank. Some have speculated that the Square Frame Ramly cards may be a set unto themselves, perhaps issued separately, in a different region, or in some slightly different manner than normal T204 Ramlys. There is certainly an explanation for these extreme rarities that is currently unknown, though when they do surface in original-owner collections (which is rare, but that's where they have all come from over the years), they have always been accompanied by traditional oval-frame T204 Ramlys. This is an extremely attractive sample with a crisp portrait image and a few light creases in the upper right, which do not detract from the card's overall visual appeal. All Square Frame cards have blank backs, and the offered back is entirely clean. An exceptional sample of one of the rarest variations from the classic T204 Ramly set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,700

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