1909-1911 T206 White Border Collection (204) with 39 Hall of Famers Including Cobb, Johnson, and Young

Sold For: $9,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 341

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is a collection of 204 different cards from the legendary T206 White Border set. This collection, which represents 39% of a complete 524-card set, has been saved for decades in the family of the original owner. It is highlighted by thirty-nine Hall of Famers, including Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Cy Young, as well as several key cards and variations of Hal Chase, Chick Gandil, and Red Kleinow. Condition of the collection is relatively modest, with 30% grading Vg (including a few better) and 70% grading lesser. Vintage cards in general, and T206s in particular, have a special charm in circulated condition, and also represent a tremendous value compared to higher-grade examples. A large group of T206 in the offered grade is a particularly hot commodity, always extremely desirable to collectors, as an opportunity to obtain the most classic 1910-era baseball-card set without requiring the hundreds of thousands, or millions, of dollars that a higher-grade set would cost. The backs are all Piedmont or Sweet Caporal, except for eight El Principe De Gales, two Polar Bear, one Tolstoi, and one Hindu. We have selected three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Keys: Baker (Vg), Bender/no trees (Fr), Bender/portrait (Vg+), Bresnahan/portrait (Gd+, El Principe De Gales), Bresnahan/with bat (Pr), Chance/portrait, red (Pr/Fr), Chance/portrait, yellow (VG 40),Chase/portrait, blue (VG 40), Chase/throwing, dark cap (Fr), Clarke/holding bat (Gd), Clarke/portrait (Gd), Cobb/bat off shoulder (Pr), E. Collins (Fr), J. Collins (Gd+), Crawford/with bat (Vg), G. Davis (Pr, El Principe De Gales), Evers/with bat, Chicago (Gd), Gandil (Black Sox, Vg), Griffith/batting (Gd+), Griffith/portrait (Pr, Hindu), Huggins/hands at mouth (Gd), Jennings/one hand (Fr), Jennings/both hands (Vg), Johnson/hands at chest (FAIR 20), Joss/pitching (Vg), Joss/portrait (Gd), Keeler/with bat (Gd+), Kelley (Vg+), Kleinow/Boston (Vg-Ex), McGinnity (Fr), McGraw/glove at hip (Vg), McGraw/portrait, no cap (Fr), McGraw/with cap (Gd), Speaker (Gd), Tinker/bat on shoulder (Pr), Tinker/portrait (Gd, El Principe De Gales), Waddell/portrait (Gd+), Waddell/throwing (Gd+), Wheat (Vg), Willis/throwing (Vg+), Willis/with bat (Vg), Young/bare hand shows (Pr/Fr), and Young/glove shows (GOOD+ 35). Perhaps more than any other vintage issue, T206s are extremely popular in all grades. This is an ideal collection to serve as the foundation for the assembly of a low- to midgrade complete set of T206, the most popular and classic set of the 1910 era. Total: 204 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000++.

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