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1915 T214 Victory Tobacco Chief Bender Pitching, No Trees - Previously Uncataloged!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,300
Presented is an outstanding, previously uncataloged T214 Victory Tobacco example of Hall of Famer Chief Bender. To date, only a "pitching, trees in background" variation was known to exist. Offered here is a "pitching, no trees" variation, which is a logical card to find of Bender as it shares the same design with one of his T206 White Border cards. This set is sometimes mistaken for the T206 White Border set and is closely related, sharing the same designs. The 1915 T214 Victory set is an extremely rare series of tobacco cards, issued exclusively in the Louisiana area. They are one of the great legendary rarities of tobacco-card collecting. Even a sample card from this set is a challenge to find, let alone an attractive sample of a Hall of Famer. Victory Tobacco is one of the few sets which features players from the Federal League, in addition to players from the Major Leagues. This is a particularly attractive card in all respects, and simply superior to what is normally found for Victory Tobacco. Encapsulated FAIR 20 by SGC (submitted by REA), this card is, in our opinion, worthy of a higher grade. Whatever the technical grade, the card speaks for itself, and it is easy to see that this is a magnificent T214 example. Victory Tobacco cards have a glossy coated surface which is very susceptible to creasing. This card has a flawless surface, vibrant colors, and light, even wear on the corners. The reverse is very clean, with bold, crisp print, both of which are ideal qualities for a sample of this rare issue, as the back is so important. There is very faint vertical wrinkling visible along the right side under close inspection as well as tiny spots of surface chipping in the lower left. T214 Victory Tobacco cards are rare in any grade, let alone such an exceptionally strong and attractive example of a key Hall of Famer. This is a tremendous rarity that would be a significant addition to even the most advanced prewar- or type-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,300
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