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    1910 T209 Type 2 Contentnea Photo Series B. E. Thompson SGC 20 Fair 1.5 - With Unique Back. There are numerous reasons why collectors are fascinated with baseball cards. A favorite player, a team, a particular pose or portrait, or just a liking for things from a by-gone era. There is one card in the T209 Contentnea Black & White Photo Series that doesn't even feature a baseball player but is one of the most fascinating cards in the entire hobby. The card pictures a man identified as B. E. Thompson who is dressed as Uncle Sam. The personality dates back to the early 1800s and would become an icon of the American war efforts thanks to a recruitment poster by James Montgomery Flagg. The "model" used for that Uncle Sam poster is supposed to be an "aged" version of Flagg but it also strikes a strong resemblance to Mr. Thompson. The text on the back reads, "Be Sure and Save B. E. Thompson's Picture" and "Ask Your Dealer About It." and is unique to this card alone. Old Cardboard Magazine (issue #28) has an article by Michael Peich and Tim Newcomb, explaining how this card was the catalyst for an exchange program for an album which included pictures of 212 of the 224 baseball players and a special page with this card. The album is close to impossible to find. This card requires a painful amount of searching and maybe some pure luck in order to add it to your collection. Graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5, there is just one recorded on the PSA census, this is one of only five total reviewed by SGC.

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