Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/21/2012
One of the extremely tough T206 cigarette backs to find is “UZIT Cigarettes”. In fact, most T206 elite enthusiasts would concur that only the Brown Old Mill, Brown Lenox and Broadleaf 460 ad backs exceed the UZIT rarity level. Arguably, even the obscure “DRUM Cigarettes” backs are now considered less scarce than UZIT due to the renowned “St. Louis DRUM Find” several years ago. Substantiating that notion are the combined SGC and PSA “pop” charts that currently lists nearly 90,000 T206s with identified ad backs (63,140 PSA T206’s are listed as unknown backs), of which only 154 or 0.17% carry the extremely rare UZIT Cigarettes advertisement! Presented here is one of those rare SGC encapsulated UZIT subjects, a Tommy Leach SGHC 40/3 specimen that is one of only two Leach UZIT Cigarette cards listed on the SGC census report and a “1 of 1” highest graded copy! Tommy Leach played 3rd base for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903. The speedster set a still standing record of belting four triples in the fall classic including two in a single game. As a testament to his blinding speed, 49 of his 62 lifetime home runs were “inside-the-park” round trippers! A super eye pleasing offering, Leach’s “bending over” well centered image projects fine gray hues between four relatively white borders. No obtrusive creases and a bold UZIT ad back are additional highlights of this seldom surfacing obscurity that merits its technical assessment via evenly rounded corners and some reverse side non-obtrusive soiling/staining. Even the small ATC factory related text: “Factory #30, 2nd Dist. State, N.Y.” is clearly legible, the final exclamation point to this remarkable UZIT offering that would immediately make a centerpiece attraction in any esteemed T206 rare ad backs gathering!
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