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Lot # 172 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 T205 Gold Border Complete SGC-Graded Set (208)

Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $21,330.00

Presented is an exceptionally attractive complete set of 208 cards (plus one duplicate for a total of 209 cards), all graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted at the same time by REA for grading). The T205 Gold Borders set is universally recognized as one of the most classic of all tobacco-card issues and includes all the great stars of the era and many rarities that make this set one of the most challenging and difficult-to-complete of all tobacco-card sets. The set includes three EX+ 70, fifty-two EX 60, thirty-two VG/EX+ 55, thirty-six VG/EX 50, twelve VG+ 45, twenty-nine VG 40, ten GOOD+ 35, five GOOD 30, nine FAIR 20, and twenty-one encapsulated as Authentic. This is a gorgeous set, rarely offered in complete-set form in such high grade. As anyone who has seen graded T205s can verify, T205s tend to be graded very harshly, and almost all of these cards have an appearance far superior to their assigned grades. This complete set has been very carefully assembled with eye-appeal in mind and represents a tremendous collecting achievement.

In the following condition composite, cards are identified by the numbers provided in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards checklist. SGC Condition Report: Three EX+ 70: #39 J. Collins (HOF), 109, and 177. Fifty-two EX 60: #3, 5, 10 Barger (partial "B"), 14, 19, 20, 21, 26 Brown (HOF, Polar Bear), 28 Cary (minor leaguer), 31 Chance (HOF), 33 Chase (only left ear), 49 Donohue, 53, 57, 59, 60, 66, 70, 71 Frick (minor leaguer), 73, 86, 97, 98, 99 Joss, 101, 103, 113, 114a Leifield (initial "A" on front), 116, 119, 120, 123 Marquard (HOF, Sovereign), 124 Mathewson (HOF, Polar Bear), 128, 132, 133, 134, 135 Merritt (minor leaguer), 137, 153, 160, 162, 163, 166 Scanlan, 179 Speaker (HOF), 186 Suggs, 188 Sweeney, 192, 195 Wagner, 196 Wallace (HOF, with cap), 200, and 204. Thirty-two VG/EX+ 55: #1, 7 Baker (HOF), 17 Bender (HOF), 22, 25, 27, 29, 34 Cicotte (Black Sox, Sovereign), 48, 52b Dougherty (white sock), 56 Dunn (minor leaguer), 61, 64, 67, 72, 75, 76, 87, 93, 121, 122, 141, 154, 156, 168, 169, 170, 176, 183, 202b Wilhelm ("suffe ed" in 18th line), 203, and 208 Young (HOF). Thirty-six VG/EX 50: #2 Adkins (minor leaguer), 8, 9, 13, 41b Crandall ("T" crossed), 42, 44, 47, 62 Evers (HOF), 68, 80a Gray (no stats), 81 Griffith (HOF), 83 Hanford (minor leaguer), 89, 91, 106, 108, 130 McGraw (HOF), 139, 140b Moran (no stray line), 142, 143, 147, 148, 149, 152, 161 Raymond, 167, 172, 178, 180, 181, 184, 191 Tinker (HOF), 199 Wheat (HOF), and 205. Twelve VG+ 45: #35 Clarke (HOF), 46, 55 Duffy (HOF), 74, 82, 100 Karger, 102 Kleinow, 110a Latham (A. Latham), 164 Rowan, 174 Shean (Cubs), 193 Turner, and 194 Vaughn. Twenty-nine VG 40: #11, 15, 18, 36 Cobb (HOF, American Beauty), 40, 45, 54, 58, 77, 94, 95 Jennings (HOF), 96 Johnson (HOF), 107, 111, 125, 127, 128, 136, 145 Nee (minor leaguer), 146, 150, 151, 155, 159, 165, 171, 175, 182, and 185. Ten GOOD+ 35: #38 Collins (HOF, mouth open), 85 Harmon (only left ear), 88, 112 Lee (minor leaguer), 138, 157 Phelan (minor leaguer), 187, 197a Wallace (HOF, one line), 201 White (Pirates), and 206 Wiltse (only right ear). Five GOOD 30: #24 Bresnahan (HOF, mouth open), 69 Ford (white cap), 78 Graham (Cubs), 90b Hoblitzell ("Cin." after 2nd 1908 in stats), and 189. Nine FAIR 20: #12, 16, 23 Bresnahan (HOF, mouth closed), 30 Carrigan, 79 Grant, 118, 126 McAllister (minor leaguer), 173, and 190. Twenty-one Authentic: (all very presentable cards, many appearing Ex or better but not awarded numerical grades) #4, 6, 32a Chase (both ears, frame extends), 37 Collins (HOF, mouth closed), 43 Dahlen, 50, 51, 63, 65 Fisher, 84, 92 Huggins (HOF), 104, 105, 115, 117, 129, 131, 144, 158, 198 Walsh (HOF), and 207. Most of the cards have Piedmont, Sweet Caporal, Hassan, or Honest Long Cut backs, but also included are American Beauty, Cycle, Polar Bear, and Sovereign. This is a tremendous high-grade T205 set, far nicer than usually seen (as implied by its grades), far more complete than usually seen (it is a near-complete master set missing only twelve variations), and, of course, including all Hall of Famers and minor leaguers, and many rarities. The equivalent SMR value for the individual cards (factoring in the fifty-seven half-graded cards at the lower whole grade level and not including the twenty-one cards encapsulated as Authentic) is $29,875. This is a beautiful set! Total: 209 cards (complete basic set plus one duplicate). Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000+. SOLD FOR $21,330.00


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