When you think of Natural Leaf…..you may think of the above. Or….you may think of the T68 Men and Heroes of History set variation back for Natural Leaf Scrap Tobacco. They would both be very popular right now…..
A couple recent auctions on eBay closed with each one having 45+ T68 cards in them–most of which were Natural Leaf Scrap backs–for over $800 and $1000 each. They’re pictured below…..
The Natural Leaf Scrap backs are very, very tough backs and are rarely found more than 1-2 at a time, so to find two lots comprising nearly a complete set of 100 cards is a rare opportunity for someone to boost their holdings. And someone took that opportunity…..
The same bidder won both lots and there were 4 different bidders on the $800 lot above $350 but only one underbidder on the $1000 lot that bid $999 to push it to the winning bid. That underbidder did not bid on the $800 lot. At least at any higher level.
Back variation collecting–especially TOUGH back variation collecting seems to have spilled from the T206 minions over to the nonsports world. While there are dozens (or more) back collectors of tough baseball cards, the nonsports world seems to be growing those collectors to a certain extent. With typically smaller sets in nonsports cards and the ability to buy a tough back for a fraction of what an UZIT baseball back would cost, this trend is bound to continue. Sets like the T59 flags, T79 and T80 military and others that have tough back variations, along with sets with factory variations seem poised to continue the march upward…..
So this has to be a good sign for the nonsports card market……bid fast, bid furious back collectors!
Up to 362 items for the January 2017 auction. Consignments from 4-5 more people will get it up to about 425 lots. If you have anything to consign, the deadline can be extended but no later than 12/22. Thanks to all who have consigned!
We also do pinbacks, wrappers, unopened packs and boxes and more!
Up to 320 lots in the January 17th auction. If you haven’t contacted me about consignments yet, please do. More room! Have a few more things on the way and pushing towards 400. Would love to have 500 but we may not hit that high water mark. Consignment deadline (for now) is December 15th. Thanks again for your faith in the process and the auction.
Original artwork from any set is always tough to find and valuable. To find original artwork from the 1930’s is next to impossible. And to find original artwork from the seminal 1930’s R69 Horrors of War set is incredible! Our January 17th auction will have original artwork for card #128 from the R69 Horrors of War set from Gum, Inc. The card is titled “Chinese Universities Flee From War” and it’s sized the same as the original card and graded by PSA and noted that it is original artwork by Charles Steinbacher. Our other piece of original artwork is from the R157 Uncle Sam set for card #73 titled “Streamlined Drill”. It’s slightly larger than the card and on board with a glassine over it. Both have glue on the backs, appearing to have been mounted at one time–maybe in an album or some type of storyboard. Both will start at $250 and are, of course, one of a kind items.
Here’s a beautiful card from a super tough set consigned to our first auction . The N168 Goodwin Canvas Backs set is a very difficult set with only seven known titles. They’re all famous horses of the day. The set contains a sepia portrait of the horse on the front with advertising on the back. Cards are slightly oversized compared to the ‘normal’ tobacco card size but not by much. This card will be in our January inaugural auction.
Okay…..last update was 116 and this one is 158. Have added 42 more items into the auction with more to come! Have consignments from a couple more people that I haven’t had time to go through yet. Those should be added in the next couple weeks and take us to the 200 range. If you have anything to consign, let me know–especially anything in the early and later candy and gum–E or R realm. Would love to get a good batch of tougher wax packs or wrappers as well. Remember ZERO (Zero? Are you kidding me? That’s crazy!) commission on anything consigned during 2019.
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