1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders

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T202 Hassan Triple Folders There are 132 cards in this set, each measuring 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches. Unnumbered.

The card fronts are separated into thirds, with the middle half being nearly twice as wide as the sides. The center shows an action photo from a real baseball game, in black and white, while the side panels each show a player portrait with the player's name either superimposed as a signature, or appearing in a curved ribbon banner along with his team name.

The back of each panel gives either the name of the player and a synopsis of his career achievements (two side panels), or describes the scene captured in the photograph (center panel), with a title. All three have an ad for Hassan Cigarettes at the bottom.

"What can we do," the people who produced the baseball cards for Hassan cigarettes must have asked in early 1912, "to top what we did with last year's Double Folders?" Well, why not Triple Folders? This is what they did, with an issue that was really three cards in one.

Because the cards were scored in such a way that the two outer panels could fold in like wings to cover the center, the chances are great that any Triple Folders that survived unto the present day were folded at some point in their history; and this, of course, greatly detracts from the cards' value.

Note that the center panel can have two different flanking player sections; and the value of the entire card can be determined by who's on these.

Prominent cards in this set include:
Evers Makes a Safe Slide - Chance, Tinker
Fast Work At Third - Cobb, O'Leary
Ty Cobb Steals Third - Cobb, Jennings
Ty Cobb Steals Third - Cobb, Moriarty
Ty Cobb Steals Third - Stovall, Austin