Fall 2014 Vintage Trading Cards Auction


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"Uzit" Ad Back
T206 Admiral Schlei

Fall 2014 Auction
Lot Number: 45
1909-11 T206 White Border
Admiral Schlei
Batting, Uzit Cigarettes Reverse
Graded by SGC as EX+ 70

Starting Bid: $2,000

This lot features a very special, very rare offering. The 1909-11 T206 tobacco card set is one of the most popular and sought after sets of all time. Issued with various advertising backs, the cards’ existence now, in some ways, reflects both the purchasing habits of consumers and the marketing plan for the American Tobacco Trust. The commonly found cards with Sweet Caporal, Piedmont and other backs tell us that these were popular brands in the day. But what about the rare backs? Maybe folks just didn’t care for certain brands, or perhaps the company only issued certain backs in small geographical areas. Either way, what’s known a century later is that cards with Uzit backs are exceedingly scarce. Along with Drum and Broadleaf, the Uzit backed cards are rarely seen or offered in the marketplace, and usually only in very low grades.

This lot includes the T206 “Batting” pose card of the New York Giants’ Admiral Schlei, a catcher in the Senior Circuit from 1904-1911. Graded SGC EX+ 70, the card presents with the visual appeal of a NM example. Clean and perfectly colored, it’s also very well-centered and suffers only light wear on the corner tips. Recently discovered in an old-time collection, to our knowledge the card is being offered publically for the first time. It’s the only example that SGC has graded, though it’s possible that one of the other two lower graded Schlei “Uzits” could be the “Batting” pose as well. PSA has graded three examples, with none equal to or higher than this one.

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