1911 T205 Gold Border Collection (26) with 13 Hall of Famers Including Mathewson

Sold For: $1,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 519

Item Year: 1911

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Collection of twenty-six 1911 T205 Gold Border cards, featuring thirteen Hall of Famers including Christy Mathewson and Ed Walsh, and also four scarce minor leaguer cards. The cards have Hassan, Piedmont, Polar Bear, or Sweet Caporal advertising backs. Four cards are graded and encapsulated by PSA (2) or SGC (2). Condition is: two Vg-Ex, six Vg, seven Gd, four Fr, and seven lesser (including one altered and two trimmed). Keys: Baker (HOF, Fr), Bender (HOF, color added to corners, otherwise Gd+), Bresnahan (HOF, Gd), Clarke (HOF, Gd), E. Collins (HOF, Fr), Dahlen (Fr), Duffy (HOF, PSA VG 3), Evers (HOF, Vg), Frick (Pr), Griffith (HOF, Vg-Ex), Lee (Pr-Fr), Marquard (HOF, trimmed, otherwise Gd), Mathewson (Fr), McAllister (slight trim, otherwise Fr), McGraw (Vg-Ex+), Merritt (Vg), Suggs (Pr), Wallace/with cap (PSA VG 3), and Walsh (Gd). Additional graded cards: McBride (SGC GOOD 30) and Payne (SGC VG 40). Despite the modest assigned grades, several of the cards present better and are downgraded due to a pencil written number on the reverse. This is an ideal collection of cards for the collector who wants real, authentic 1910-era tobacco cards but isn't interested in spending the fortune it would take to acquire them in significantly higher grade. Total: 26 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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