1911 T205 Gold Border Complete Set (208 Plus 5 Variations)

Sold For: $18,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 305

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely attractive medium-grade complete set (208 plus five variations for a total of 213 cards) of this classic tobacco-card issue which includes all the great stars of the era and many rarities. The condition composite is 11% Ex, 26% Vg-Ex, 49% Gd to Vg, and 14% lesser. This is a very carefully assembled set, with most cards downgraded due to normal corner and edge wear. Ten cards are professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA. Keys: Baker (EX 5), Barger/part "B" (Vg-Ex), Bender (Vg-Ex), Bresnahan/mouth closed (EX 5), Bresnahan/mouth open (EX 5), Brown (Vg-Ex), Chance (Vg-Ex), Chase/both ears, border extends (Gd), Chase/both ears, border ends (slight trim, otherwise Pr-Fr), Chase/left ear (Vg-Ex), Cicotte/"Black Sox" (Ex), Clarke (Vg), Cobb (GOOD 2, the card has some surface scratches on the reverse but no paper loss and appears in Excellent condition), Collins/mouth closed (Vg-Ex), Collins/mouth open (Gd+), Daubert (EX 5), Donohue (Vg-Ex), Doughtery/white sock (Gd+), Duffy (Gd+), Evers (Vg+), Fisher (Vg), Ford/white (Gd+), Graham/Cubs (Fr), Grant (slight trim, otherwise Fr), Griffith (Gd+), Harmon/left ear (Vg-Ex), Hoblitzell/name incorrect (Fr), Huggins (Vg+), Jennings (Vg), Johnson (touch of paper loss on the reverse, otherwise Vg with no creases), Joss (Fr), Karger (Vg), Kleinow (Vg-Ex+), Marquard (EX 5), Mathewson (GOOD 2; a few surface wrinkles on the front, otherwise in Vg to Vg-Ex condition), McGraw (Vg), Raymond (Vg), Rowan (Vg), Scanlan (Vg+), Shean/Cubs (Vg), Speaker (EX 5), Suggs (Gd), Sweeney (Fr), Tinker (Vg-Ex+), Turner (Vg+), Wagner (Vg-Ex+), Wallace/with cap (Vg), Wallace/no cap, one line of 1910 stats (GOOD 2), Wallace/no cap - two lines of 1910 stats (Pr-Fr), Walsh (Vg), Wheat (Vg-Ex+), Kirb White (mark on front, otherwise Vg), Wilhelm (Vg-Ex+), Wiltse/right ear (Fr) and Young (VG 3). Minor Leaguers: Adkins (Fr), Batch (Fr), Cady (Gd+), J. Collins (Ex), Dunn (Pr-Fr), Frick (pencil on back, otherwise Vg-Ex), Hanford (Vg), Lee (Vg), McAllister (Ex), Merritt (Pr), Nee (NM 7), and Phelan (Vg-Ex+). Most cards within this set have Piedmont or Sweet Caporal advertising backs, although twenty-eight Polar Bear, twenty-five Hassan, seven Honest Long Cut, three Sovereign, two Broad Leaf, and one American Beauty are also included. This is a solid midgrade T205 set, far nicer than usually seen, including all Hall of Famers and rarities, and with five extra variation cards. Total 213 cards (set of 208 plus 5 variations). Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+.

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