Set of the Week: t211 Red Sun

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Set of the Week: t211 Red Sun

Post by sabrjay on Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:24 pm

T211 Red Sun Cigarettes are a very rare minor league issue with green borders and nice red and white ad on the back. Although the back ad indicates that the 75 cards was the first series, there never were any more cards produced. The 75 players in the set are exactly the same as those in the 114 card series 8 t210 Old Mill cards.

Red Suns have a glossy front similar to t207s which leads cracks and crazing. The set is easily dated to 1910. For whatever reason, the only Southern Association team not included was Little Rock. Even though Joe Jackson spent the entire season with New Orleans, he was not included in this set. Just imagine what that card would go for.

Let's see what you guys have.


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Re: Set of the Week: t211 Red Sun

Post by canjond on Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:56 pm

Until about 3 months ago, I had never seen the packaging before. But, here's a recent discovery!

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Re: Set of the Week: t211 Red Sun

Post by fisherboy7 on Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:59 pm

Wow - great pack Jon! Is it confirmed to have once held a T211 card?

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Re: Set of the Week: t211 Red Sun

Post by canjond on Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:05 pm

fisherboy7 wrote:Wow - great pack Jon! Is it confirmed to have once held a T211 card?

Ben, the pack above likely dates to 1904 or thereabouts. The Universal Tobacco Company only operated from 1901 to 1904, when it went bankrupt. The Butler brothers were among the principals of Universal and picked up at least
some of the pieces as Butler-Butler. Since both companies are mentioned on the label, my guess is that it was produced right around the time of transition in 1904. Butler was then acquired by the ATC and the Red Sun brand was continued by the ATC. Factory 3, District of Louisiana was operated by the ATC and became the New Orleans branch of Liggett & Myers with the breakup of ATC. So, in a few short years between 1904 and 1911, Red Sun Cigarettes went from Universal to Butler to American Tobacco to L&M.
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