Mastro April 2006
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Presented is one of the largest collections ever offered of 27 different extremely rare Red Cross tobacco insert cards. The phrase "rare" is all too often tossed about with little regard to the piece(s) the term is describing. That certainly is not the case with this assortment of fifteen "Type-1" and twelve "Type 2" T215 Red Cross tobacco cards. In 1910, professional level baseball had yet to be established in the South. Red Cross was one of only a handful of brands that had enough of a following to test the desire for baseball cards without the benefit of a local or even a regional team. This limited distribution make surviving T215 specimens an all-too-precious commodity to the modern hobbyist. It is difficult to accurately convey the enormous opportunity here offered to acquire such a quantity of this rare issue. Vintage card collectors will recognize the subjects and poses but that familiarity belies the significant nature of this offering which includes: 1910-1912 T215 Red Cross "Type 1" (15) - w/Ball (GD/VG), Camnitz (GD/VG), Conroy (VG), Dougherty (FR), Doyle/batting (FR), Hofman (GD), Lord (GD), Lake (PR), Latham (GD), Oakes (PR), Schulte (FR), Steinfeldt (FR), Tannehill (FR), Warhop (GD) and Wiltse/portrait (FR); 1912-1913 Red Cross "Type 2" (12) - w/Ball (GD), Herzog (FR), Jennings (GD), Marquard/throwing (GD), Mowrey (FR), Myers (GD/VG), Oldring (GD/VG), O'Leary (PR), Pelty/vertical (VG), Purtell (PR), Schulte (PR) and Wiltse/port. (FR). The extreme scarcity of the Red Cross brand advertising back mollifies the overall state of preservation of this offering.
1912 T215 Red Cross Tobacco Collection (27 Different)
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