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    Unique C. 1922 T231 Fans Cigarettes Home Run Baker SGC 20 Fair 1.5. When Jefferson Burdick put out the first iteration of the venerable American Card Catalog (ACC) in 1939, the designation "T231 Fans Cigarettes" was nowhere to be found. It was some time between 1949 and 1953 that this ultra-rare card series was discovered, making its official ACC debut in the 1953 edition. Since that initial listing over sixty years ago, there have been just three confirmed cards for the entire set... and one is just a photocopy!

    Currently, the known T231 Fan Cigarette cards are Larry Gardner (#65), a Xerox of Carson Bigbee (#85) and this Frank "Home Run" Baker card #61. And that is it! This famous card has been the subject of published articles and is particularly prized, as Baker is a Hall of Famer. Gardner and Bigbee will never be considered Hall of Fame material by anyone. The back encourages consumers to send in the cards, but offers no return address nor reason why. We'll assume it was to claim some type of prize. This may also explain their almost complete lack of availability. The set hails as one of card collecting's great mysteries and treasures.

    This might very well be your only chance to acquire a card from this impossibly rare series. The last time it was offered publicly, this "T206 Wagner" of all Type cards was in a Lew Lipset auction with the following text, "...rarest of all known sets where only one copy exists of two known players."

    As of 1992, the only known specimen was a Xerox of Carson Bigbee. Where the actual card resides is still unknown. It was that same year that the offered card of Frank "Home Run" Baker was discovered and made available in a Christie's Auction in October, 1992. It sold for $16,500. Amazingly, it was re-offered in a March 1994 Christies auction, "The buyer didn't like it, and because he was a very good customer, Christies agreed to take it back" was the explanation. It went unnoticed and sold for the bargain basement price of $1,380. The sepia card presents in very good condition with corner wear and creasing/wrinkling. Graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5, as if that even matters with such an incredible rarity.


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