Lot # 76: 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Jim O'Rourke Portrait

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 19 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2018",
which ran from 10/5/2018 5:00 PM to
10/28/2018 7:00 PM

Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Extremely rare sample card from the N403 Yum Yum Tobacco series of 1888 featuring New York Giants Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke in a portrait pose. Yum Yums have always been one of the 19th century's most legendary rarities. In fact, only approximately 100 examples in total have been graded by SGC and PSA combined! Yum Yum Tobacco was a brand of the August Beck Company of Chicago. Since the earliest days of organized collecting, advanced collectors have appreciated the mystique of the rarest pre-1900 baseball-card issues, especially Yum Yum Tobacco cards. Whether it is because of the brand name, their unusual look, extreme rarity, or a combination of all of these factors, few card issues command the respect that Yum Yum Tobacco cards do among the most serious collectors. It is always a privilege to offer a Yum Yum, regardless of condition. This particular example is very attractive for a Yum Yum. It is well centered, with light wear to the corners, and strong photo contrast. The blank reverse displays evidence of album removal. There is a heavy crease across the lower portion of the card and a small spot of paper loss above his head. Despite its modest condition, this card remains an exceptional photographic-style example (Yum Yums were also issued with line-drawn woodcut designs) from this extremely rare and desirable 19th-century set, featuring one of the era's most legendary Hall of Famers, Jim O'Rourke. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+.

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