Nice group of tobacco cards and related ephemera directly from the family of Rube Oldring, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Yankees between 1905 and 1918. An accomplished ballplayer, Oldring compiled a lifetime batting average of .270 over 14 years in the majors. This nostalgic lot includes: - (2) 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders with Oldring & Lord (EX-MT, VG, slight chipping); - 1909-1911 T-206 Oldring Fielding, Piedmont back (EX); - 1909-11 T-206 Oldring Batting, Tolstoi back (VG); - (2) 1911 T205 Gold Border Oldring, Piedmont backs (EX oc, GD); - 1912 T207 Oldring, Recruit back (PR-FR, creases); - (2) 1910-12 P2 Sweet Caporal Tobacco Pins (EX-MT, EX); - 1916 M101 - Standard Biscuit Oldring #133 (EX, residual tape at corners); - 1915 Cracker Jack #8 Oldring (PR-FR) Besides these great Oldring cards, this lot also includes a 1911 T205 Gold Border Baker (GD, some chipping), a 1911 T205 Gold Border Bender (PR-FR), and (8) 1 oz. pouches of ‘Maryland Club’ tobacco, still sealed tight as a drum with original IRS ‘tax paid’ seals. Everything comes in a vintage ‘Tops’ cigar box advertising “Panatela cigars for 2¢ apiece”. Great stuff! A letter of authenticity is included along with provenance directly from the family. Total of 21 items.
In Philadelphia, during the dead-ball era, Rube Oldring was a name known by all. He was a star player for the 1911 and 1913 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics. Both of those Championships are represented here in fine splendor. Even though he was never considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Oldring was a reliable and gritty player for Connie Mack’s A’s dynasty. After spending 14 years in the major leagues, Rube went on playing for and managing the Wilson team of the Virginia League to a Championship Pennant. Let us not forget that this is a time period when baseball players had to work during the winter months to provide for their families. Rube was no different as he worked long hours to provide and played as hard as humanly possible because he loved the game of baseball. After retirement from the game, he began farming for a living and spent his entire life in his native, Bridgeton, New Jersey. The relics and treasures presented here have remained in the Olding family until this day. This is the first family-authorized sale of any of the Oldring family’s belongings. Each lot will come with a letter from the family.