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Rare Find of Tobacco Cards Brought to Public Via SCP Auctions

With another baseball card "find" making national news, SCP auction has revealed The Southern Fairway Find of more than 1,000 tobacco cards, including rare issues and scarce backs in the T206 series. The Find will be on display in Baltimore next week.

SCP Auctions has released information on “The Southern Fairway Find” of more than 1,000 1909-11 baseball tobacco cards, including an unprecedented discovery of 42 rare Red Hindu back T206s and two newly discovered examples of the legendary T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson card.

Nothing gets a vintage card collector’s heart beating faster than the promise of the next great “find.” With news across the country of the Black Swamp Find, this latest bit of fantasy-turned reality hails from a Southeastern estate. Compiled by its original owner in the years the cards were issued, this collection has descended three generations before being cast into the hobby spotlight for the first time.


“The Southern Fairway Find” includes more than 1,000 cards from a variety of issues produced within the 1909-11 time period. The majority of the collection is comprised of cards from the venerable T206 and T205 issues inclusive of hundreds of Hall of Famers. Yielded from within the T206 group are 42 Red Hindu back examples, 13 of which are Hall of Famers including two astonishing Ty Cobb Red Portraits. An additional 16 Brown Hindu backs are present. Red Hindu backs are among the most difficult to find of all T206 advertising backs. Prior to “The Southern Fairway Find” the total checklist of confirmed T206 Red Hindu back examples was estimated at just 46 different subjects. Acquiring common Red Hindu examples has proven daunting to collectors, while Hall of Famer offerings are nearly unheard of.

The collection includes an additional contingent of 158 cards from the 1910 T210 Old Mill issue, including many from the scarce 8th Series. Astonishingly, this fresh crop has produced not one, but two unseen examples of the legendary T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson card. Produced nine years before the “Black Sox Scandal” that would eventually banish him from the game “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s card from this series of Southern League baseball cards accounts for one of the most coveted rarities in the field of card collecting. Only a handful has survived the last century.

SCP Auctions will feature cards from “The Southern Fairway Find” in two parts over the course of its Fall, 2012 Premier and November, 2012 Monthly Auctions. Visit SCP Auctions at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, Md. (booths 509P, 513P, 608P, 612P) to view highlights from “The Southern Fairway Find.”