Love of the Game Opening Day, 2013 Auction
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Lena Blackburne is one of our favorite players, due to the lasting contribution he made to the game.  Indeed, while Hall of Fame players have come and gone, Lena Blackburne's contribution is still felt today.  In 1920, after the Mays/Chapman incident, league officials began to insist that used, discolored baseballs be removed from play so that the ball remained clean and visible.  Pitchers, however, did not like the slick feel of a new baseball.  During the offseason, while walking along the Delaware River, Blackburne discovered a mud pit and had an idea.  Using the mud to rub on a baseball, Blackburne discovered that the mud removed the shine and slick feel of the ball, while maintaining much of its whiteness.  Today, "Lena Blackburne's Baseball Rubbing Mud" is still used on all major and minor league baseballs - and is still harvested from the same mud pit along the Delaware.

What gives this particular card its value, however, is not Lena's mud but the card reverse.  A small percentage of the brown background T207 cards were printed without a tobacco ad on the reverse, and this is one of them.  Theories abound as to why such "anonymous" cards were produced, but the reality is that aside from the ultra rare Red Cross Tobacco reverse, the blank, "anonymous" one is the most rare of the set's eight possible back varieties.  Just nine examples have been graded by SGC, out of only 104 anonymous backed cards they have graded (the PSA figure is unknown, as they do not yet classify ad backs for T207 cards).

One of the many scarcities in the intriguing and complex T207 issue.

Population Data
SGC Population: 9 total graded, 3 at this level, 1 higher
PSA Population: Unknown
1912 T207 Lena Blackburne w/Rare Anonymous Back - SGC 401912 T207 Lena Blackburne w/Rare Anonymous Back - SGC 40
1912 T207 Lena Blackburne w/Rare Anonymous Back - SGC 40
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $153
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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