Love of the Game Opening Day, 2013 Auction
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Rare-backed tobacco cards are all the rage in the hobby, and while the T206 issue is leading the pack (as usual), the intriguing and complex T207 boat is rising with the tide.  The fourth most rare of the eight possible card backs, ranking the red Cycle back on a 1-8 scale does not tell the entire story.  The T207 issue is actually comprised of two different groups of cards, 150 of which are available with the common Recruit, scarce Anonymous Factory 3 or very scarce Napoleon back, and 50 much more scarce cards, which can be found with either Broadleaf, Anonymous Factory 3, Cycle, Anonymous Factory 25, or ultra-rare Red Cross backs.

The red Cycle back makes up an estimated 20% of the population of that much more scarce group of 50 cards, the group that appears to be the final of three distinct series of cards issued during the 1912 season.

As with many subjects in the T207 issue, Art Phelan was a relatively obscure player, a journeyman infielder with a five-year career with Cincinnati and Chicago.  Phelan hit .243 in 461 at bats with the 1912 Reds before moving to the Cubs in 1913.  His card, graded VG 3 by SGC, exhibits a clear front and the requisite corner wear for the grade.  This, along with many of the other T207s featured in this auction, comes from a find of original owner tobacco cards that are fresh to the hobby and included many scarcities, notably among the T207 set.

Population Data
SGC Population: 5 total graded, 4 at this level, 0 higher
PSA Population: 17 total graded, 5 at this level, 9 higher*

*It is unknown how many of the 17 PSA-graded Phelans contain the Cycle back.
1912 T207 Arthur Phelan w/Super-rare Red Cycle Back - SGC VG 401912 T207 Arthur Phelan w/Super-rare Red Cycle Back - SGC VG 40
1912 T207 Arthur Phelan w/Super-rare Red Cycle Back - SGC VG 40
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $708
Number Bids: 17
Auction closed on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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