Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/17/2011
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 approximate 38 – 40 tobacco brand back combinations. One of the tougher cigarette brands to find is the “Carolina Brights” back, with the T206 Museum currently listing it as the 12th scarcest tobacco brand back in existence. With that in mind, presented here is Pittsburgh Pirates right handed twirler Nick Maddox in an outstanding PSA 5 holder. Currently, PSA lists only 2 Carolina Brights Maddox cards, both of which are low grade “A” and “2” examples, with this offering obviously “buried” in the “unknown backs” category . While approximately 150 Maddox cards appear in the “unknown backs” category, it is highly doubtful that more than a handful, if any others at all, could possibly include a mid-grade or higher technical assessment. Consider that of the nearly 175 Maddox subjects with identified advertisement backs, nearly 99% DO NOT carry the obscure Carolina Brights cigarette advertisement! While Nick Maddox could never be confused with future Hall of Fame hurler Greg Maddox, he still managed to throw Pittsburgh’s first no-hitter (besting Brooklyn 2-1 on September 20, 1907), win 23 games in 1908 and claim a World Series victory when he bested Ty Cobb’s Tigers in game 3 of the 1909 Fall Classic. These achievements may not be remembered by most, but his magnificent PSA 5 Carolina Brights specimen will surely live on forever in the hearts of T206 purists. Sparkling gray, blue, orange and gray colored hues provide a bright central image that partly favors the left edge. Clean borders, square corners, no obtrusive surface blemishes and a brilliant “Carolina Brights” boldly displayed cigarette advertisement are all splendid superlatives justifying the strong mid-grade assessment. In summary, ANY eclectic T206 cigarette advertisement back stirs the attention of any advanced hobbyist, especially one that has managed to remain in sterling mid-grade condition!
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