Extremely rare, this sample card from the Yum Yum Tobacco series of 1888 features Chicago’s catcher Silver Flint in a portrait pose. Yum Yum Tobacco was a brand of the August Beck Company of Chicago. This is an incredible example of this significant nineteenth-century rarity. Advanced collectors have appreciated the mystique of the rarest pre-1900 baseball-card issues for decades. 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. Graded GOOD 30 by SGC due to light stains on front and back, this example has a magnificent Vg-Ex appearance, with strong corners, excellent centering, and the image contrast is a bit light. The blank reverse has no paper loss or writing (as is commonly seen on cards from this era). This is an exceptionally attractive photographic-style example (Yum Yums were also issued with line-drawn "woodcut" designs) from this extremely rare and desirable nineteenth-century set.
Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).