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1909-1911 T206 White Borders Near-Complete Set (476 of 524)
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $34,800.00
The 476 cards in this group comprise over 90% of a complete set. Included are an extraordinary sixty-two Hall of Famers (including three of the four Ty Cobb cards), several rarities (including Elberfeld, Wash. portrait) and thirty-one Southern Leaguers. The missing forty-eight cards include the "Big 4," G. Brown/Wash., Brown/Cubs, Chesbro, Cobb/red, Dahlen/Brooklyn, Demmitt/St. Louis, Evers/port., Johnson/port., Kelley, Kleinow/Bost., Mathewson/dark cap, Mathewson/port., O'Hara/St. Louis, Tinker/bat off, Tinker/port., Waddell/port., Young/bare hand, and seventeen of the forty-eight Southern League series cards. This is a very clean, exceptionally attractive, and carefully assembled collection, representing a strong foundation for the complete assembly of a magnificent set. 15% are Ex or better, 60% are Vg-Ex, and 25% are Vg (with a few slightly lesser). A very few cards are included with heavy creases or back damage. Ten different tobacco advertising brands are represented (including Hindu, American Beauty, Cycle, Sovereign, El Principe De Gales, Tolstoi, etc.). Eighteen of the cards (sixteen HOFers and two commons, which are both VG-EX 4) have been graded and encapsulated by PSA. The key cards grade as follows: Baker (slight trim, o/w Vg-Ex), Beckley (Sovereign back, Vg/Vg-Ex), Bender/no trees (slight trim, o/w Ex-Mt), Bender/trees (Cycle back, Vg), Bender/port. (slight trim, otherwise Gd), Bresnahan/port. (PSA VG-EX 4), Bresnahan/bat (slight trim, o/w Vg), Brown/Chi. (Vg), Brown/port. (Vg-Ex), Chance/bat (slight trim, o/w Vg), Chance/red (Gd), Chance/yellow (Gd), Cicotte ("Black Sox," slight trim, o/w Ex-Mt), Clarke/bat (slight trim, o/w Vg), Clarke/port. (slight trim, o/w Vg), Cobb/green (PSA GOOD 2), Cobb/bat off (trimmed, o/w Vg-Ex), Cobb/bat on (PSA VG-EX 4), Collins/Phila. (Gd-Vg), Collins/Minn. (slight trim, o/w Ex), Crawford/throw (slight trim, o/w Vg-Ex/Ex), Crawford/bat (Vg/Vg-Ex), G. Davis (Vg/Vg-Ex), Duffy (Ex), Elberfeld/port., Wash. (PSA EX 5; we believe this card is generously graded), Evers/Chi. (possibly hand-cut from a sheet, o/w Ex), Evers/Cubs (slight trim, o/w Ex-Mt), Flick (Vg/Vg-Ex), Gandil ("Black Sox," Vg-Ex), Griffith/bat (slight trim, o/w Vg-Ex/Ex), Griffith/port. (Vg), Huggins/hands (slight trim, o/w Vg-Ex), Huggins/port. (Vg-Ex), Jennings/one hand (Vg-Ex/Ex), Jennings/both hands (slight trim, o/w Vg-Ex), Jennings/port. (Sovereign back, Vg-Ex), Johnson/hands (American Beauty back, PSA VG-EX 4), Joss/hands (Fr-Gd), Joss/port. (PSA VG-EX 4), Keeler/port. (Fr-Gd), Keeler/bat (PSA VG-EX 4), Lajoie/port. (PSA VG-EX 4), Lajoie/throw (PSA VG-EX 4), Lajoie/bat (Sovereign back, Fr-Gd), Lundgren/Chi. (slight trim, o/w Ex-Mt), Marquard/hands (Vg-Ex/Ex), Marquard/pitch (Fr-Gd), Marquard/port. (Vg-Ex), Mathewson/white cap (PSA VG-EX 4), McGinnity (Gd-Vg), McGraw/finger (slight trim, o/w Vg-Ex), McGraw/glove (slight trim, o/w Vg-Ex), McGraw/no cap (PSA VG-EX 4), McGraw/cap (Tolstoi back, PSA VG-EX 4), Smith/Chic. & Bos. (Cycle back, PSA EX 5), Speaker (Gd-Vg), Tinker/bat on (Vg-Ex/Ex), Tinker/knees (Fr-Gd), Waddell/throw (Vg/Vg-Ex), Wallace (PSA EX 5), Walsh (Vg-Ex), Wheat (Vg-Ex), Willis/port. (PSA VG-EX 4), Willis/throw (PSA VG-EX 4), Willis/bat (Gd-Vg), Young/glove (Vg), and Young/port. (PSA VG-EX 4). This is a set with tremendous eye-appeal, and which appears at a glance considerably stronger than suggested by the very respectable and accurate condition composite and individual grades listed above. T206s in PSA 7 NM, PSA 8 NR-MT (or higher grades) have risen to astounding levels which are unaffordable for most collectors. Impressive cards ranging in grade from Vg to Excellent condition, of which this near-set is primarily comprised, represent one of the most outstanding values of all vintage cards. This is a beautiful near-complete set of T206 White Borders, the most popular and classic set of the era, in an extremely desirable overall grade. Total 476 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $34,800.00
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