Lot # 126: 1893 Just So Tobacco E. J. McKean SGC EX+ 5.5 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

Bids: 52 (Bid History)

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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 EX+ 5.5 by SGC. Presented is one of the great prizes of all nineteenth-century card collecting: an extraordinary and virtually never-seen example of a Just So Tobacco card. Issued in 1893, Just So Tobacco cards are one of the most unusual and most obscure of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. Featuring portraits of the Cleveland Spiders, as they were known at the time, cards from this set are legendary for their incredible rarity. They are very distinctive both in size (measuring 2.5 x 3.875 inches) as well as their very close to black-and-white (yet, according to catalogs, still technically sepia) appearance. The 1890s were a very slow decade for baseball-card sets. Just So Tobacco is one of the very few issues of the era, adding to its great significance to collectors. Offered is Spiders shortstop Ed McKean, identified beneath his portrait as "E. J. McKean." The Spiders of the 1890s earned the dubious distinction of being one of the dirtiest playing clubs to ever take the field in the history of the game. This is an extremely attractive EX+ example of this extraordinary rarity. The card is bright and crisp, both front and back, with flawless contrast, no creases or wrinkles, excellent centering, and light, honest corner wear. The blank reverse has light traces of soiling, but otherwise clean with no writing or paper loss, which is commonly found on cards from this time period. Just So Tobacco cards are virtually nonexistent in the marketplace. We estimate that fewer than twenty-five examples in total are known to exist (PSA and SGC have combined to authenticate twenty-four examples). When a Just So does come up for sale, it is almost always in low grade. This card has survived miraculously in incredible EX+ condition, the highest grade ever assigned by SGC to a Just So of any player, and presents an extremely rare opportunity to acquire an extraordinary example of one of card collecting's most legendary sample-card rarities. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++.

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