The Fresno Grizzlies, AAA team for the San Francisco Giants, have come up with a unique way to raise money for their community fund. They’re raffling off a package of cigarettes from the T206 era.
According to Clovis Sports Cards, which has partnered with the team on the auction, the owner of this pack had two of them. The first one was opened and produced a T206 card (presumably a common) that graded 8.
Of course, the buildup includes words like “Honus Wagner” since there’s always a chance baseball card collecting’s holy grail could be inside, but considering most Wagners are found with Sweet Caporal brand back advertisements and fewer than 100 are believed to exist, it’s the longest of long shots.
Of course, it’s possible there is a valuable card from the T206 series hiding inside. It’s also possible another type of card is inside. Condition? Who knows. But that’s part of the mystery the team is hoping to use to sell a lot of raffle tickets.
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The winner will be announced during the team’s last game and will then be faced with the choice of keeping the pack unopened or giving in to temptation to see what’s inside. Tickets are being sold at the Grizzlies’ home stadium, Chukchansi Park, or at the shop in Clovis, which is near Fresno.