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1909-1911 T206 White Borders Partial Set (263 of 524)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $2,963
75% range from Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few Ex), 20% range from Fr to Gd-Vg (averaging Good), and 5% lesser. This partial set of T206 White Borders is comprised of 263 of the 524 cards in the set (50% complete). This T206 partial set is highlighted by 38 Hall of Famers (out of 74 in the set), including Cy Young, Nap Lajoie, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson, as well as numerous other highlights including the rare Lundgren Chicago team variation and four scarce Southern League series cards. This is an original "childhood" collection that has remained untouched since assembled in 1910, and has been saved by the family of the original owner. The 263 cards in this lot represent the best condition example of each different T206 card in the larger collection of over 500 T206 cards. (The duplicates from the collection are offered as a separate lot in this auction.) This original-owner collection is extremely pleasing and would be an ideal foundation for the building of a very attractive 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 than a high grade set. 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. The backs are all Piedmont, except one brown Hindu (southern leaguer) advertising back. We have selected ten cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The key cards (including thirty-eight Hall of Famers) grade as follows: Beckley (Vg), Bender/trees (Vg), Bresnahan/port. (Vg), Brown/Cubs (Vg-Ex), Brown/port. (Vg), Chance/red (Vg+), Chase/pink (Vg-Ex), Chase/white cap (Vg-Ex), Chesbro (SGC EX 60), Cicotte (“Black Sox”, Vg), Clarke/bat (Vg), Clarke/port. (Vg), Collins/Phila. (Vg-Ex), Crawford/throwing (Vg-Ex), G. Davis (Vg-Ex), Evers/port. (SGC VG/EX 50), Evers/Cubs (Vg-Ex), Flick (Ex), Griffith/port. (Gd-Vg), Huggins/hands (Vg), Huggins/port. (Vg/Vg-Ex), Jennings/port. (Vg-Ex), Johnson/port. (SGC VG/EX 50), Joss/port. (Vg), Keeler/bat (Vg), Lajoie/port. (SGC VG 40), Lajoie/throw (Vg-Ex), Lundgren/Chicago (Fr), Marquard/hands at thighs (Ex), Marquard/port. (Gd), Mathewson/white cap (SGC EX 60), McGinnity (Vg), McGraw/no cap (SGC VG 40), Speaker (SGC VG/EX 50), Tinker/knees (Vg), Tinker/port. (SGC VG/EX 50), Waddell/throwing (Vg), Waddell/port. (Vg), Walsh (SGC EX 60), Willis/port. (Ex), Young/hand (SGC VG/EX 50), and Young/port. (Vg). This is a very attractive low- to mid-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 ten SGC-graded cards (not including the 253 ungraded cards) is $5,155. Total: 263 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+++. SOLD FOR $2,963
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