Lot # 54: 1914 T222 Fatima Walter Johnson (HOF) - SGC AUTHENTIC

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Item was in Auction "Spring, 2024 Premier Auction",
which ran from 3/11/2024 12:00 AM to
3/30/2024 9:00 PM

An incredibly attractive set of photographic cards, the T222 Fatima issue was produced by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company of Virginia in 1914.  The cards, extremely condition-sensitive due to the brittle photographic paper are relatively scarce today, highly desirable among advanced collectors.  Each card depicts a player in a full-body pose, each photo striking and clear.  The cards, despite being brittle and susceptible to a variety of condition woes, are extraordinarily attractive.  While the card reverse refers to a 100-card set, the set is actually complete at 52 cards.  The majority of cards are found with a small black number beneath the player's name - the number is between 2-9 or 12-15.  Those cards numbered between 12-15 are short-printed cards that are particularly scarce, and far more valuable than the other, more common cards.  Besides being the key card in the set from the standpoint of player popularity, the card of Walter Johnson is also one of the scarce short prints.  For that reason, this is easily the most important and difficult to acquire card in the entire T222 set, and also one of the most valuable.  Its rarity is a reason why few people even attempt to complete this set.  This is an extraordinarily rare card, and it seldom makes itself available for public sale.  This example is quite strong, though close inspection reveals wear typical for the issue.  It should be noted that due to the photographic nature of the paper on which these cards are printed, flaws often do not reveal themselves clearly in scans. Most notable in this case is some light creasing and wrinkling to the photographic emulsion, not visible in the scan, most notable along the left edge.  An additional flaw, perhaps more prevalent in the scan than in person, is light spotting across the bottom of the card, more apparent in the darker areas.  Some erased pencil writing remains visible on the reverse.  The card, graded Authentic by SGC, measures a full 1/8" short, yet was not deemed to have been trimmed by the grading company.  Regardless of its condition flaws, the overall eye appeal remains strong, an exceptional example of a truly difficult card.

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