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1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Roger Connor, Redemption Back SGC 60 EX 5....

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco Roger Connor, Redemption Back SGC 60 EX 5. The most challenging and rewarding genre of baseball card collecting is the rarified world of the late 19th century. Presented is a key card from series known as N403 or the Yum Yum Tobacco, an issue considered tremendously rare even by Victorian-era standards. Little is known about the endangered Yum Yum beyond the Chicago, IL derivation from August Beck & Co., but there is no mystery about the extreme rarity. We do know there are over fifty subjects cataloged, with only a total of eighty-six cards graded by both of the most widely-utilized third-party grading services.

Why these treasured collectibles are so exceedingly difficult to find seemingly rests with a redemption offer advertised on the backs of a percentage of cards from the N402 Yum Yum Actress edition. To date no baseball subject carried this rare reverse treatment. Until now...

Offered for the first time at auction is an extremely rare N403 Yum Yum of early home run king and Baseball Hall of Famer Roger Connor, featuring an August Beck & Co. verso with the Yum Yum redemption offer. Roger Connor (1853-1931) was the premier slugger of his era. His 138 career home runs over eighteen seasons set the benchmark which stood until a man named Ruth raised the bar to seemingly astronomical new heights. Connor was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1976, and is noted for clubbing the very first grand slam in Major League Baseball history.

The offer on verso of this intense rarity reads, "SMOKE and CHEW 'YUM YUM.' Upon the return of 100 of these Photographs, we will send you by mail one Elegant Japanned Tin Patent Folding Lunch or Picnic Box. AUG. BECK & Co. Chicago, Ill." Never before has this offer been seen on the back of a baseball subject, and is very possibly the explanation why these cards are so rare. The card has been graded SGC 60 EX 5. A very attractive high-end example, this is the second-finest copy known of a total population of only three. The card offers strong photo quality and light signs of wear at the corners. The back has some light soiling which is quickly overlooked for the all-important Yum Yum back stamp. A quality example of a major 19th century Hall of Famer from one of the rarest baseball card releases. Without question, this is a card that would fittingly serve as the crowning touch to any advanced vintage card collection.

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NOTE: Japanned is a heavy lacquer finish, most often black, used as a decorative coating with the consistency of enamel paint. The lacquer is applied in layers and then polished giving a smooth, high-gloss finish. Other commonly used hues are reds, greens and blues.

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