Love of the Game Opening Day, 2013 Auction
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One of the more interesting tobacco issues, the T207 "Brown Background" set is one with a devoted following of collectors attracted to the set's obscure players and its many rarities. The set is known for it's condition-sensitivity, its back scarcities, and its three rare cards: Louis Lowdermilk, Irving Lewis and Ward Miller.  Unlike the more popular T205 and T206 sets, which, like the T207s, feature several popular tobacco brands on the reverse, the T207 set was actually comprised of two different groups of cards.  Of the set's 200 subjects, 150 are available with either Recruit or Napoleon backs, while the other (and far more scarce) 50 are available with either Cycle or Broadleaf backs.  Within those groupings, there appear to have been differences in distribution, as some cards are definitely more scarce than others.  The Ward Miller is widely considered to be one of the set's "Big Three" in terms of scarcity.

In the fall of 2012 we visited a family in eastern Pennsylvania that had saved an original collection of tobacco cards, spared by the original collector's daughter.  After the collector passed away some years ago, she was faced with the sad and difficult task of clearing her father's belongings from her home, and during that process discovered a shoebox filled with baseball cards.  The cards, from her father's childhood collection, had been well-handled and loved, and many feature her father's name, rubber-stamped on the card reverse.  Yet something told the woman to hang onto the cards, which she did for many years until contacting Love of the Game.

Imagine our surprise to discover that the collection featured an uncannily high percentage of rarities among its several hundred cards.  This Miller, with the desirable Broadleaf back, was one of the cards in the collection.  Unmarked by the owner stamp that blemished many of the other cards, we submitted this example to SGC and were thrilled to receive the grade of VG 40. With edge and corner wear consistent with the grade and a slight L-R centering issue consistent with many cards from the issue, this is a key rarity that is fresh to the hobby, with impeccable provenance as being culled from the collection of its original owner, a young Pennsylvania boy who obtained the card back in 1912 and kept it in the possession of his family, where it remained for 100 years.

Population Data
SGC Population: 9 total graded, 3 at this level, 2 higher
PSA Population: 17 total graded, 2 at this level, 9 higher*

*Since PSA does not classify their T207s by back variety, it is impossible to know how many of the 17 total Millers graded have Broadleaf backs versus Cycle and Anonymous backs.  
1912 T207 Ward Miller w/scarce Broadleaf back - SGC VG 401912 T207 Ward Miller w/scarce Broadleaf back - SGC VG 40
1912 T207 Ward Miller w/scarce Broadleaf back - SGC VG 40
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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,534
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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