Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/4/2010
No vintage card issue could possibly carry the unparalleled prestige of the T206 Tobacco cards issued by the American Tobacco Company (ATC) from 1909 thru 1911. Currently, T206 “mania” is sweeping across the country, with avid enthusiasts seizing specimens for their specific collecting angles including the basic 524 subjects, Hall of Fame subjects, and the various tobacco brand backs. Regarding the latter, recent attention has been focused on the rarest possible brand backs with the T206 Museum’s “top 5” rarity listing (excluding the Ty Cobb Tobacco back) as follows: (1) Brown Old Mill Southern Leaguer, (2) Broad Leaf 460, (3) Brown Lenox, (4) Drum, (5) Uzit. While T206 purists actively dispute the appropriate scarcity order for the approximate 40 tobacco brand/subjects/factory# advertisement combinations, NO ONE would argue that the paucity level any “Drum Cigarette” example undoubtedly place it as a top five rarity. Presented here is Washington Senators catcher Gabby Street “Drum Cigarette” subject in an SGC 10/1 holder. This is one of only 2 SGC encapsulated Drum Cigarette cards with only a single PSA encapsulated example (obviously excluding the ‘unknown” examples). While Gabby Street was a fine Major League catcher, he is most renowned for once catching a baseball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument! Although a few severe creases and significant corner rounding/layering account for an accurate technical assessment, Street’s image still depicts bright colors and the critical “Drum Cigarette” advertisement is predominantly intact. Bottom line is “Drum” T206 specimens are few and far between, justifying why this offering is worthy of a secure place in any world class T206 collection!
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