One hundred years ago, it did its duty. Day after day. Devotion after devotion. It wasn’t likely even called by its current name then. The term “baseball card” wasn’t really in fashion quite yet. It was a nice picture of a ballplayer—one the owner might have even recognized.
No, the job of this old baseball photo—once it was free of its association with a tobacco product—was something more useful that sitting in a binder as part of a ‘collection’. It kept the reader’s place inside an old Bible.
This T222 Fatima Tobacco card, issued by Leggett & Myers Tobacco Company, is a cousin to the far more common Fatima Team Cards. There were 52 baseball players as part of the larger set and some short prints including a Walter Johnson.
And that is where our story picks up at the National Sports Collectors Convention and the video below.
A Johnson graded SGC 20 sold for over $5,000 last year while a PSA 1 brought $2,679.
Read more on the find here.