i am not certain but i think that H means hand-dyed and T means tumble-dyed in a machine. if there is no H or T, just assume that it is a T. the hand-dyed ones tend to have undyed lining and uniquely dyed outer leather
when you meet him in person offer a 10% discount for cancelling the eBay purchase right there. You end up with the same amount of money since you don't have to pay fees. Just make sure that he has a chance to check over the merchandise.