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Presented is the ninth highest-graded T206 set on the SGC registry, a total of 518 cards, offered as a single lot. The completion of any T206 set is an extraordinary achievement. This is an exceptionally attractive high-quality complete set. The entire set (missing only the "Big 4" plus Demmitt and O'Hara, St. Louis variations) is graded and encapsulated by SGC (and was submitted in its entirety all at once for grading by REA). The grade point average is 41.37. The set includes five EX/NM 80, four EX+ 70, eighty-five EX 60, 110 VG/EX 50, 164 VG 40, eighty-eight GOOD 30, forty FAIR 20, eight POOR 10, and fourteen 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 518 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 is a very carefully assembled set put together by a dedicated collector over a period of many years. 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. The T206 set is highlighted by seventy-four Hall of Famers, including all 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.
The individual grades for the entire set can easily be accessed online on the SGC Registry under "REA Spring 2010 Auction." For convenience, we are also providing here the grades of all seventy-four Hall of Famers and additional key cards: SGC grading composite: 5 cards are graded SGC EX/NM 80:
Bridwell (cap), Camnitz (hands above head), Chase (trophy), Miller, and Pelty (horizontal). 4 cards are graded SGC EX+ 70:
Batch, Demmitt (NY), Summers, and Sweeney. 85 cards are graded SGC EX 60:
including Chase (blue), Cobb (red), Griffith (bat), Jennings (one hand), Jennings (port.), Keeler (bat), Lajoie (bat), Mathewson (dark cap), Mathewson (port.), McGinnity, McGraw (finger in air), McGraw (glove), McGraw (cap), Speaker, Walsh, Willis (port.), and Young (port.). 110 cards are graded SGC VG/EX 50:
including Bender (trees), Bresnahan (bat), Chance (yellow), Chase (black cap), Clarke (bat), Cobb (green), Evers (Chicago), Evers (Cubs), Joss (port.), Kleinow (Bos., Polar Bear), Marquard (hands at thighs), Marquard (follow thru), Tinker (bat on), Wheat, Willis (bat), and Willis (throw). 164 cards are graded VG 40:
including Bender (no trees), Bresnahan (port.), G. Browne (Wash.), Brown (Chicago), Chance (red), Chase (pink), Cobb (bat off), Cobb (bat on), J. Collins (Minn.), Crawford (throwing), Dahlen (Bklyn), G. Davis, Duffy, Flick, Huggins (hands at mouth), Huggins (port.), Jennings (both hands), Johnson (hands at chest), Johnson (port.), Keeler (port.), Lajoie (throwing), Lundgren (Chicago), Marquard (port.), McGraw (no cap), Tinker (hands on knees), Tinker (port.), Waddell (throwing), and Young (glove). 88 cards are graded GOOD 30:
including Baker, Bender (port.), Brown (Cubs), Chance (batting), Chesbro, Cicotte (Black Sox), Clarke (port.), Collins (Phila.), Elberfeld (Wash., port.), Gandil (Black Sox), Joss (hands at chest), Kelley, Lajoie (port.), Tinker (bat off), and Waddell (port.). 40 cards are graded FAIR 20:
including Beckley, Chase (white cap), Griffith (port.), Smith (Chi. and Bos.), and Young (bare hand). 8 cards are graded POOR 10:
including Brown (port.). 14 cards are deemed Authentic:
including Crawford (bat), Evers (port.), Mathewson (white cap), and Wallace. 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 fourteen cards encapsulated as Authentic) is $51,403. Total 518 cards. Reserve $15,000. Estimate $30,000++. SOLD FOR $41,125
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