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1909-1911 T206 White Border Partial Set (426 of 524)
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $18,800
Partial set of T206 White Borders comprised of 426 of the 524 cards in the set (81% complete). 73% range from Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few Ex), 20% range from Fr to Gd-Vg (averaging Good), and 7% lesser (including a few trimmed). This T206 collection is highlighted by 65 Hall of Famers (out of 76 in the set), including all four Ty Cobb cards, three Cy Youngs, three Nap Lajoies, two Christy Mathewsons, and two Walter Johnsons, as well as numerous other key cards including the rare Elberfeld (portrait) Washington team variation and six scarce Southern League series cards. These cards were part of a very substantial totally untouched collection of 1910-era tobacco cards consigned to this auction (all cards from this collection appear in several lots of the auction), which was saved for decades by the family of the original owner. This original-owner collection is extremely pleasing and could serve as an ideal foundation for the building of a very attractive low- to mid-grade complete set. Vintage cards in general, and T206s in particular, have a special charm in circulated condition, and also represent a tremendous value compared to higher-grade examples. A large group of T206, or a complete set, in the offered grade is a particularly hot commodity, always extremely desirable to collectors, offering the most classic 1910-era baseball-card set without requiring the hundreds of thousands (or millions!) of dollars that a higher-grade set would cost. Even in low- to mid-grade, a T206 set runs into real money, a function of there being so many cards in the set and so many highlights (HOFers, etc.), but is of interest to and within the reach of so many more collectors. When it comes time to sell, a T206 set in any grade can be sold as a unit, or easily be broken up, providing a "built-in insurance policy." T206s are never going out of style and it is always a privilege to offer a complete set or a very substantial start towards one. We have selected thirty-three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC.
The key cards (including sixty-five Hall of Famers) grade as follows: Baker (Vg), Bender/no trees (Gd-Vg), Bender/trees (Pr), Bender/port. (Gd), Bresnahan/port. (VG 40), Bresnahan/bat (VG 40), G. Brown/Wash. (Gd), Brown/Chi. (Gd), Brown/Cubs (GOOD 30), Brown/port. (Vg), Chance/bat (VG 40), Chance/red (Gd), Chance/yellow (Vg), Chase/blue (Vg/Vg-Ex), Chase/pink (Vg), Chase/dark cap (Vg-Ex), Chase/white cap (Vg/Vg-Ex), Chesbro (GOOD 30), Cicotte (“Black Sox”, Pr), Clarke/bat (GOOD 30), Clarke/port. (VG 40), Cobb/green (GOOD 30), Cobb/red (FAIR 20), Cobb/bat off (FAIR 20), Cobb/bat on (POOR 10), Collins/Phila. (VG 40), Crawford/throwing (VG 40), Crawford/bat (VG 40), Dahlen/Bklyn. (VG 40), G. Davis (VG 40), Doyle/N.Y. (Vg), Duffy (Vg/Vg-Ex), Elberfeld/port. - Wash (VG/EX 50), Evers/port. (GOOD 30), Evers/Chi. (VG/EX 50), Evers/Cubs (Vg), Gandil (“Black Sox”, Vg), Griffith/bat (VG 40), Griffith/port. (GOOD 30), Huggins/hands (Gd), Huggins/port. (miscut on top, name appears on both top and bottom, o/w Vg), Jennings/one hand (Gd), Jennings/port. (Gd), Johnson/hands at chest (slight trim, o/w Gd), Johnson/port. (GOOD 30), Joss/hands at chest (VG 40), Joss/port. (Pr), Keeler/port. (Vg-Ex), Keeler/bat (Pr), Kelley (miscut along the bottom, o/w Ex), Lajoie/port. (Pr), Lajoie/throw (Pr), Lajoie/bat (Pr), Marquard/hands at thighs (Gd), Marquard/port. (Fr), Mathewson/port. (FAIR 20), Mathewson/white cap (VG 40), McGinnity (Vg), McGraw/finger (VG 40), McGraw/gloe (Gd-Vg), McGraw/no cap (Gd-Vg), McGraw/cap (Fr), Speaker (Pr), Tinker/bat off (VG 40), Tinker/bat on (VG 40), Tinker/knees (VG 40), Waddell/throwing (VG 40), Wallace (Vg/Vg-Ex), Walsh (VG 40), Wheat (Fr), Willis/bat (VG 40), Willis/throw (Vg), Young/glove (VG 40), Young/hand (Pr), and Young/port. (Pr). The backs are almost all Sweet Caporal and Piedmont, but also included is one El Principe De Gales and one Sovereign. Cards needed for completion: The 98 missing cards for completion include Wagner, Plank, Magie, and Doyle (the "big 4"), as well as the following key cards (the balance are all commons): Beckley, Chase/trophy, Collins/Minn., Demmitt/St. Louis, Flick, Jennings/two hands, Kleinow/Bost., Lundgren/Chi., Marquard/throwing, Mathewson/dark cap, O'Hara/St. Louis, Smith/Chic.& Bos., Tinker/port., Waddell/port., and Willis/port. This is a very attractive mixed-grade partial set of the 1910 era's most classic tobacco-card issue, which has remained in the family of the original owner who actually collected these cards in 1910. The equivalent SMR value for just the thirty-three SGC-graded cards (not including the 393 ungraded cards) is $6,685. Total: 426 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++.
SOLD FOR $18,800
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