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1909-1911 T206 White Border Partial Set (325 Different) - Original Owner Collection!
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $20,400
24% Vg-Ex to Ex, 35% Vg, 21% Pr to Gd, and 20% trimmed. This partial set of T206 White Borders is comprised of 325 of the 524 cards in the set (52% complete) and is highlighted by forty-three Hall of Famers (out of seventy-four in the set), including Cy Young, Nap Lajoie, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson, as well as twenty-seven (out of forty-eight) scarce Southern League series cards. Also included are twelve duplicates, among them six Hall of Famers and one Southern Leaguer.
This is an original "childhood" collection that has remained untouched since assembled in 1910, and has been saved by the family of the original owner. This original-owner collection is extremely pleasing and would be an ideal foundation for the building of a very attractive mid-grade complete set. 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, or a complete set, 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. Even in low to mid grade, a T206 set runs into real money, a function of there being so many cards in the set and so many highlights (HOFers, etc.), but is of interest to and within the reach of so many more collectors than a high-grade set. When it comes time to sell, a T206 set in any grade can be sold as a unit, or easily be broken up, providing a "built-in insurance policy." T206s are never going out of style and it is always a privilege to offer a complete set or a very substantial start towards one. The backs are all Piedmont or Sweet Caporal, except for seven Old Mill and three Polar Bear. We have selected nine cards to be graded and encapsulated by PSA.
Keys: Beckley (Vg+), Bender/no trees (Vg), Bender/trees (Vg+), Bresnahan/with bat (Vg-Ex), Brown/Chicago (trimmed, otherwise Ex), Brown/Cubs (Pr), two Brown/port. (EX 5 and trimmed, otherwise Fr), Chance/red (Vg), Chase/trophy (Pr), Chase/blue (Pr), Chase/pink (EX-MT 6), Chase/dark cap (trimmed, otherwise Fr), Chesbro (Vg-Ex), Cicotte (“Black Sox,” Gd/Vg), Clarke/bat (Gd), two Clarke/port. (Pr and trimmed, otherwise Pr), E. Collins (trimmed, otherwise Pr), J. Collins (EX+ 5.5), Crawford/throwing (Gd), Evers/Chicago (trimmed, otherwise Vg), Evers/Cubs (Fr), two Flick (Vg and trimmed, otherwise Vg), Gandil ("Black Sox," Vg), Griffith/bat (slight trim, otherwise Vg), Griffith/port. (EX+ 5.5), Huggins/port. (Vg), Jennings/one hand (Pr, Polar Bear), Johnson/hands at chest (Pr), Joss/port. (Vg), Keeler/bat (Vg-Ex), Keeler/port. (Pr), Kelley (VG-EX+4.5), Lajoie/bat (EX+ 5.5), two Lajoie/port. (Gd and trimmed, otherwise Vg), Marquard/hands at thighs (Vg+), two Mathewson/port. (Vg and Pr), two McGinnity (EX 5 and Vg+), McGraw/finger in air (Vg+), Tinker/bat (Fr, Polar Bear), Tinker/knees (VG-EX+ 4.5 and Vg), Tinker/port. (Vg-Ex), Waddell/port. (Gd+), Wallace (Fr), Walsh (Pr), Wheat (Vg), Willis/bat (Vg), Willis/port. (Fr), Willis/throwing (EX-MT 6), and Young/bare hand (Vg+). The Southern Leaguers grade thirteen Vg (including three Vg-Ex), three Pr to Gd, and twelve trimmed.
This is a very attractive low- to mid-grade partial set of the 1910 era's most classic tobacco-card issue, which has remained in the family of the original owner who actually collected these cards in 1910. The total SMR value for just the nine graded cards (factoring in the four half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including the 328 ungraded cards!) is $3,665. Total: 337 cards (325 different plus 12 duplicates). SOLD FOR $20,400
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