Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/11/2011
Arguably, no current cardboard collectible is more desirable than a scarce T206 advertisement back. With 16 different cigarette brands to choose from as well as a myriad of diverse “Series” counts and “Factory” distributions totaling to nearly 40 different T206 back possibilities, it is a seemingly unending quest to gather every possibly variation. One of the extremely tough cigarette backs to surface is the “Black Lenox” variation, which is unquestionably one of the ten toughest “T206 Backs” to locate. With that said, presented here is a fine Hooks Wiltse “Black Lenox” T206 card in a PSA 2 holder. Currently, the PSA “pop” chart lists only 2 other specimens in the rare “Lenox” ad back category. Further substantiating the paucity level of any T206 “Lenox” is PSA listing 71,000+ T206s with identified ad backs (63,000+ are listed as unknown backs), of which a paltry 94 or 0.13% include the scant Lenox Cigarettes advertisement! Overshadowed throughout his career by his Hall of Fame teammates Christy Mathewson and Rube Marquard, Wiltse managed to win 10 or more games for eight consecutive seasons, partaking in five New York Giants pennant-winning seasons. Likewise, his T206 Lenox offering provides championship caliber rarity as well as fine “VG” aesthetics starting with a vivid portrait image of the Giant’s twirler. Only a light crease situated near the center of the card and rounded corners account for the assigned grade. The highlight of this century old marvel is an outstanding reverse side “Lenox” Cigarette advertisement including a well projected Factory #30, 2nd Dist. State, N.Y” typography. Bottom line is finding a T206 “Black Lenox” T206 is a considerable challenge to even the advanced enthusiast, with this eye pleasing obscurity destined for any advanced T206 compilation!
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