Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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When it comes to prewar type card collecting, the T215 Red Cross Tobacco issue quickly becomes a white whale for collectors.  Extremely limited in production (the cards were only issued in Louisiana), the cards are very scarce, and for some reason also very condition sensitive.  Indeed, between PSA and SGC combined, just 153 copies have been graded, and just one - a PSA 8 Cy Young - has graded above the EX/MT level.  The overwhelming majority of T215s are in good condition or below (57% of all graded examples, in fact), and just 20 existing examples are strong enough to have attained the VG/EX level.

This is one of them.  The portrait variation of Hall of Famer Rube Marquard, one of just four graded copies (and three at this level), is one of only about a dozen graded T215 cards of Hall of Famers ever graded at this level or above.  Truly a rare card, this one boasts the clean Red Cross back advertisements that is so desirable among collectors - absent of blemishes or stains, the Red Cross back is a definite auction highlight, as these cards are so infrequently undamaged.

Population Data
SGC Population: 4 total graded, 3 at this level, 0 higher
PSA Population: 0 graded
Scarce 1910-12 T215-1 Red Cross Rube Marquard (pitching) - SGC VG/EX 50 - HIGHEST GRADED!Scarce 1910-12 T215-1 Red Cross Rube Marquard (pitching) - SGC VG/EX 50 - HIGHEST GRADED!Scarce 1910-12 T215-1 Red Cross Rube Marquard (pitching) - SGC VG/EX 50 - HIGHEST GRADED!
Scarce 1910-12 T215-1 Red Cross Rube Marquard (pitching) - SGC VG/EX 50 - HIGHEST GRADED!
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Minimum Bid: $300
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,003
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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