1912 L1 Helmar Tobacco Leather Premium Frank Baker #120.
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Description1912 L1 Helmar Tobacco Leather Premium Frank Baker #120. From the John Esch collection. Tobacco cards were not the only premiums designed to induce the purchase of cigarettes around the turn of the last century. Among the most unusual giveaway offers was the L1 Leathers Series, offered by Turkish Trophies cigarettes in 1912. Consumers could redeem coupons inserted in packages of cigarettes, by mail, for several items. For 35 coupons, a lucky recipient could obtain a one of these 10 x 12-inch leather hides, emblazoned with their choice of numerous subjects, including generals, mascots, actors, and national flags. Undoubtedly, the most sought-after and valuable of the series are those picturing baseball players of the day. This example features slugger Frank "Home Run" Baker. It is in a very good state of preservation. The leather is supple with minor wear to its surface. There is one tack hole in the top center and areas of wear to the upper left. A great piece from this very scarce premium issue.
Guide Value or Estimate: $5,000 - up.
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