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1909-1911 T206 White Border Near-Complete SGC-Graded Set (516 of 524)
Starting Bid - $15,000, Sold For - $47,400
Presented is a near-complete T206 set of 516 cards, offered as a single lot. The completion of any T206 set is an extraordinary achievement. This is an exceptionally attractive high-quality near-complete set. The entire set (missing only the "Big 4," Demmitt and O'Hara, St. Louis variations, Cobb/red, and Evers/port.) is graded and encapsulated by SGC (and was submitted in its entirety all at once for grading by REA). The set includes two NM 84, four EX/NM 80, sixteen EX+ 70, eighty-three EX 60, 117 VG/EX 50, 182 VG 40, sixty-six GOOD 30, twenty-two FAIR 20, seventeen POOR 10, and seven Authentic. There is little need for a formal introduction to the T206 White Borders set, the single most important and highly collected issue among all tobacco and all vintage cards. This is an extremely attractive and clean near-complete set of 516 cards. The cards span all grades and include many significant condition highlights; the entire set has tremendous eye-appeal across the board and even the lesser-graded cards are very pleasing and exhibit bright colors and crisp focus. This set has a particularly interesting and noteworthy provenance: It is the T206 set that included "The Connecticut Wagner" (that appeared as Lot 3 in REA's May 2010 auction, selling for $282,000). The Plank from the set appeared as Lot 5 in REA's May 2011 auction, selling for $94,000. This is the balance of the set (with the exception of just the following five cards which are offered in this auction individually: Magie error, Demmitt and O'Hara, St. Louis variations, Cobb/red which we thought was so sharp it deserved to be its own lot, and Evers/portrait with a brown Hindu back). Few cards have creases, and most cards have been downgraded solely due to normal corner and edge wear. It would be a challenge in any era to assemble such an attractive T206 set, and all the more challenging to find a set of this extraordinary quality already assembled and available for sale as a unit today. Any T206 set, of course, naturally has a tremendous "break value" and most quality sets are broken up and sold individually. This T206 set is highlighted by seventy-two Hall of Famers, including three of the four Ty Cobb cards, three Christy Mathewsons, two Walter Johnsons, three Cy Youngs, as well as many rarities. The near-set includes the rare Elberfeld-port. (Wash.), and, of course, the forty-eight scarce Southern League series cards. This is a beautiful T206 set, one of the nicer sets we have seen, and in a particularly desirable grade offering an exceptional value.
For convenience, we are providing here the grades of all seventy-two Hall of Famers and additional key cards: SGC grading composite: 2 cards are graded NM 84: Engle and McGinley. 4 cards are graded EX/NM 80: Joss (port.), Knight (bat), Krause (pitching), and Phillippe. 16 cards are graded EX+ 70: including Bender (no trees) and Chance (batting). 83 cards are graded EX 60: including Bresnahan (bat), Crawford (throwing), Marquard (port.), McGraw (glove), Tinker (hands on knees), Tinker (port.), Young (glove), and eleven Southern Leaguers. 117 cards are graded VG/EX 50: including Beckley, Bender (trees), Bender (port.), G. Browne (Wash.), Brown (port.), Chase (trophy), Chase (black cap), Chesbro, Evers (Chicago), Flick, Jennings (port.), Kleinow (Bos.), Lajoie (port.), Lajoie (throwing), Lajoie (bat), Tinker (bat on), Willis (port.), Willis (bat, Old Mill), and eleven Southern Leaguers. 182 cards are graded VG 40: including Baker (Sovereign 350 - apple green), Brown (Chicago), Brown (Cubs), Chance (yellow), Chase (blue), Chase (pink), Cicotte (Black Sox), Clarke (bat), Cobb (green), Collins (Phila.), J. Collins (Minn.), Duffy, Elberfeld (Wash., port.), Gandil (Black Sox), Griffith (port.), Huggins (hands at mouth), Huggins (port.), Jennings (both hands), Johnson (hands at chest, Polar Bear), Joss (hands at chest), Keeler (port.), Keeler (bat), Kelley, Lundgren (Chicago), Mathewson (dark cap), Mathewson (white cap), McGinnity, McGraw (finger in air, Sovereign 350 - forest green), McGraw (no cap, Sovereign 150), McGraw (cap, Polar Bear), Speaker, Tinker (bat off), Wallace, Willis (throw), Young (bare hand), and twelve Southern Leaguers. 66 cards are graded GOOD 30: including Bresnahan (port.), Evers (Cubs), Griffith (bat), Jennings (one hand), Marquard (hands at thighs), Mathewson (port.), Smith (Chi. and Bos.), Waddell (port.), Walsh, Wheat, Young (port.), and five Southern Leaguers. 22 cards are graded FAIR 20: including Campbell (T213-1 Coupon), Chase (white cap), Cobb (bat off, Polar Bear), G. Davis (Chicago), Waddell (throwing), and six Southern Leaguers. 17 cards are graded POOR 10: including Chance (red), Clarke (port.), Cobb (bat on, Sovereign 350 - forest green), Crawford (bat), Dahlen (Bklyn), Marquard (follow thru), and two Southern Leaguers. 7 cards are deemed Authentic: including Johnson (port.) and one Southern Leaguer. Most of the cards have Piedmont or Sweet Caporal backs, but also included are Hindu (brown), Carolina Brights, American Beauty, Sovereign, Cycle, El Principe De Gales, Polar Bear, and Old Mill. This is a set with tremendous eye-appeal, appearing at a glance considerably stronger than suggested by the very respectable and accurate condition composite and individual grades listed above. T206s in SGC NM 84, SGC NM/MT 88, 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 in all vintage-card collecting. 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. The equivalent SMR value for this collection (not including the seven cards encapsulated as Authentic) is $43,407. Total: 516 cards. Reserve $15,000. Estimate $30,000+. SOLD FOR $47,400
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