Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/4/2010
No pre-WWI issue is “hotter” than the prestigious T206 tobacco cards issued during the years 1909 thru 1911. Many collectors are seriously focusing on assembling many of the approximately 38 – 40 tobacco brand back combinations. One of the toughest cigarette brands to find is the “Red Hindu” back, with the T206 Museum currently listing it as the 7th scarcest tobacco brand back in existence. With that in mind, presented here is Chicago White Sox subject, Lee Tannehill’s PSA 1 “Red Hindu card! Currently, PSA lists only 4 Hindu Tannehill’s (excluding the Tannehill subjects included in the “unknown backs” category), with that count not distinguishing the more common “Brown” Hindu vs. the scarcer “Red” Hindu subjects. While the card itself certainly merits the technical assessment due to heavily rounded corners, severe creasing near the lower portion of the card, and a significant amount of paper loss situated near the center of the reverse side, fortunately the bold “Red Hindu” typography is completely intact. More significantly is the sheer existence of this rarely seen “Red Hindu” tobacco brand T206 card with its paucity level taking full precedence over the assigned grade!
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