Lot # 124: 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Chief Roseman SGC VG/EX 4 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

Graded VG/EX 4 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level with none higher! Extremely rare sample card from the Yum Yum Tobacco series of 1888 features Chief Roseman (portrait) of the Indianapolis Hoosiers. 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. It is always a privilege to offer a Yum Yum. This particular example is particularly high grade and attractive for a Yum Yum. It is well centered, with light even wear to the corners, and the image contrast is a bit light. The blank reverse displays some minor foxing, but otherwise perfectly clean. A small surface crease at the top (through the letter "P") and a tiny chip of paper loss on the top edge are responsible for the assigned grade. Roseman had a seven year professional career, winning an American Association championship with the Metropolitans in 1884 and serving as a player-manager for the St. Louis Browns during the 1890 season. This is an exceptionally attractive photographic-style sample from this extremely rare and desirable nineteenth-century set. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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