T206 Hindu Cigarettes on Factory Ledger Page sold for $8,833
Goodwin Auctions (Sept 22, 2011)
If you are one of the elite T206 enthusiasts in the hobby and are searching for the most nebulous tobacco
related collectibles, look no further because this "unique" Circa 1909 HINDU Cigarettes SGC Encapsulated
Factory#649 Ledger Page is one of the most extraordinary and significant finds in the hobby. This partially
torn page was once included in the legendary HINDU Factory #649, 1st District of N.Y. ledger, with several
notations made by one of the factory workers on both the front and back sides. More significantly, two HINDU
T206 cards have been affixed (most likely via glue) to the obverse side, with the first card depicting Chicago
Cub's star right handed hurler Ed Reulbach. Unfortunately the second Brown HINDU card has been neatly mounted
face down alongside Reulback, preventing us from determining which player it represents. However, the front/back
"side-by-side" duo is a fascinating aspect to this "one of a kind" offering. Both cards, save the adhesive
mounting substance, present themselves in a near mint+ state with the bright image colors, bold and vivid text,
clean surfaces, and corners still retaining a majority of their original HINDU factory issued qualities.
With regard to the reverse side notations, it is obvious that a standard factory worker was jotting some notes
relating to shipping issues for the HINDU Cigarette boxes. Some of the notations read as follows:
"1 (card) to each box 10 Cigarettes"
"Began packing for other than Phila Territory 10/4/09"
"Began Shipping for other than Phila Territory 11/3/09"
"2 (cards) to each box of 10 Cigarettes"
"Sweet Cap'l backs for Phila Territory"
It is interesting to note that the "packing" for Sweet Caporal Cigarettes is mentioned near the latter part of
the page with two cards designated per pack vs. only a single HINDU card to be inserted in the much scarcer
HINDU boxes. However, it is common knowledge that Sweet Caporal "150 Subject" cigarettes were also issued from
Factory#649, 1st District of N.Y. along with the much scarcer HINDU brand. This only serves as further justification
that this extremely rare HINDU ledger page was, indeed, once included in a Factory#649 worker's ledger. We cannot
overemphasize the sheer paucity level of this unprecedented find especially considering the current hobby frenzy
relating to "T206 mania". Collectors are scrambling to capture the more obscure T206 backs and NO tobacco related
T206 cardboard collectible could possibly be considered rarer than this "once in a lifetime" offering!
Final Bid with Buyer's Premium: $8,833