Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/12/2011
No pre-WWI issue is “hotter” than the prestigious T206 tobacco cards issued during the years 1909 thru 1911 with a myriad of collectors seriously focusing on assembling many of the approximate 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 the infamous Chicago White Sox 1st baseman Chick Gandil SGC 40/3 Red Hindu card! Currently, the combined SGC and PSA census reports list only 5 Gandil Hindu’s (excluding the Gandil subjects included in the “unknown backs” category), with that count not distinguishing the more common “Brown” Hindu vs. the scarcer “Red” Hindu subjects. Any card of Chick Gandil merits significant hobby accolades, let alone one that carries the super scarce Red Hindu advertisement. Gandil, ironically, received baseball immortality via his chief role in the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, serving is the primary link between the White Sox players and Chicago based “thugs”. His fine batting image portrays a brilliant array of yellow, green and blue hues, with the ultra-bright illustration well centered between four somewhat clean borders. Even corner wear accounts for the technical assessment, and the critical reverse side “Red Hindu” typography is bold and vivid, affixed to a super clean off-white surface. Regardless of any assigned grade, the combination of a legendary subject, super eye pleasing aesthetics and obscure Red Hindu back is more than sufficient for any esteemed enthusiast adding this rarity to their esteemed T206 collection!
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