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Lot # 104: Early 20th Century Scapbook Pages w/Tobacco Cards Featuring T206 & T227 Ty Cobbs

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Collection of four vintage scrapbook album pages, each displaying one or more affixed baseball tobacco cards from the T206 and T227 issues. At total of fifty-one baseball tobacco cards are featured here, consisting of forty-eight 1909-1911 T206 White Border cards and three 1912 T227 Series of Champions cards. Included among the highlights are two Ty Cobb cards (one T206 [bat off shoulder] and one T227), two additional T227 cards of Hall of Famers Chief Bender and Rube Marquard, and four T206 cards of Hall of Fame players. The T227 cards are especially noteworthy because of their rarity. The set of twenty-five cards featured prominent athletes from the era, only four of whom were baseball players. This album features three of the four baseball players in the T227 set and is missing only Frank "Home Run" Baker. Although the cards are affixed to their respective album pages, the page bearing the Cobb T227 displays heavy tears that allows us to see enough of the reverse to determine that it has an "Honest Long Cut" advertising back (the cards were issued with either "Honest Long Cut" or "Miners Extra" reverses). The reverse advertising for the other two T227 cards is unknown. In addition to baseball tobacco cards, the pages also display a total of twenty-three sport and non-sport tobacco cards. Included among the T206 cards offered here are those of Frank Chance (portrait, yellow background), Hughie Jennings (both hands showing), Zack Wheat, Hugh Duffy, Hal Chase (throwing, dark cap; two examples), Fred Merkle (throwing), Jack Warhop, Harry Steinfeldt (portrait), Al Bridwell (portrait with cap), Larry Doyle, Orval Overall (two examples: hands waist level, and hand face level), Pfeffer, Chief Myers, and Elberfeld (Washington, fielding). Also included in the collection is a fifth album page featuring a single panel (Engle) cut from a T202 Hassan Double Folder and seven assorted non-sport tobacco cards. As mentioned previously, all the cards have been affixed to the respective pages by means of an adhesive, except for two T206 cards (Chick Gandil and Mike Mowery) which have come loose. A few of the cards appear to be trimmed and many display creasing and/or abrasions. The pages are extremely brittle and display numerous tears.

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