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1909-1911 T205 Gold Border and T206 White Border Collection (21) Including 14 Hall of Famers
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,700
Collection of twenty-one different 1910-era tobacco cards, consisting of twelve T205 Gold Borders and nine T206 White Borders. Included are fourteen Hall of Famers (among them Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Cy Young). These cards are just a handful of the several hundred tobacco cards found in a scrapbook that was literally spared from the trash more than sixty years ago by our consignor's great-grandfather, who was a New York City janitor. At some point in time, the cards were removed from the scrapbook, and eventually passed down to our consignor, who has diligently saved them for the past several decades. (Interesting note: the newly confirmed T206 Doc Crandall with a Uzit advertising reverse offered in this auction also originates from this same collection!) Each card is bright and crisp, but would technically grade very modestly due to album residue or paper loss on the reverse. Three cards are graded by SGC. 1) T205 Gold Borders (12 cards): Baker (HOF), Brown (HOF), Clarke (HOF), Dunn (minor leaguer), Frick (minor leaguer), Jennings (HOF), Johnson (HOF), Joss (HOF, FAIR 20), Merritt (minor leaguer), Oakes, Wallace (HOF, with cap), and Young (HOF, FAIR 20). Backs are a combination of Hassan, Honest Long Cut, Piedmont, and Sweet Caporal. 2) T206 White Borders (9 cards): Cobb/red (HOF, POOR 10), Brown/Chicago (HOF), Chance/yellow (HOF), Doyle/portrait (El Principe de Gales), Elberfeld/Wash., fielding, Evers/with bat, Chicago (HOF), Mathewson/dark cap (HOF), Murphy/batting, and Young/glove shows (HOF). Backs are all Sweet Caporal, except for one EPDG as noted. Tobacco cards in modest condition represent perhaps the best value among all vintage baseball cards. They don't cost a fortune but still capture the spirit of the history of the game and collecting. This is a small but powerful collection of tobacco cards from two of the 1910 era's most popular and classic sets. Total: 21 cards. SOLD FOR $2,700
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