1911 T205 Gold Border R. Hoblitzell - Rare No Stats Variation

Sold For: $10,575

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 329

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. 1911 T205 Gold Border variation card of Cincinnati first baseman Dick Hoblitzell, with no statistics on the reverse. There are several variations of Hoblitzell in the T205 set. The "No Stats" version is by far the rarest. In fact, this variation card is acknowledged to be the single rarest of all cards in the T205 "Gold Border" series. Though not as well known as the greatest and most valuable tobacco-card rarities of T206, most advanced tobacco-card collectors believe the T205 "Hoblitzell No Stats" card is comparable, or even rarer, than the T206 Wagner, Plank, or Magie cards. This is an impressive and conservatively graded example, extremely crisp and clean, with even wear at the corners, very little edge wear, and exceptionally bright, bold colors. The reverse printing, with advertising for Hassan Cork Tip Cigarettes, is particularly crisp and bold, which is an especially ideal quality for a back-variation rarity. Exceptionally clean both front and back. This is a very attractive and accurately graded high-quality example of this significant tobacco-card rarity. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $10,575

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