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1909-1911 T206 White Border Al Mattern Complete Advertising Back Collection Including Blank-Back Proof! (9 cards)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,500
Presented is an outstanding and unique collection of nine T206 Al Mattern (Boston National) cards, each with a different advertisement on the reverse. This represents a complete collection of all eight known advertising backs and factory combinations for this card, plus a blank-backed proof example, an astounding and distinctive rarity. It would be virtually impossible to find a T206 proof (so few are known to exist) for any specific T206 front. Obviously, a great deal of time and effort has been invested in the assembly of this collection. T206s are the single most important and highly collected of all 1910-era cards. One of the primary characteristics of the T206 set is that most players are featured with different advertising on the reverses. This high-quality collection of nine cards of Mattern captures the spirit of the set, illustrating the different advertisements on the backs of the same player pose. Each card is a striking and high-quality example on its own, but together they complement one another, and tell part of the story of the T206 set. All nine cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA (four) or SGC (five). This collection consists of the following: One SGC EX+ 70: Sweet Caporal 350 Factory No. 30. Two SGC EX 60: Piedmont 350 (Lionel Carter Collection) and Tolstoi. Two PSA EX 5: El Principe De Gales and Polar Bear. One SGC VG/EX 50: Sweet Caporal 350 Factory No. 25. One PSA VG 3: Sweet Caporal 350 Factory No. 30 - Jumbo Top Border. One PSA GOOD 2: Carolina Brights. One SGC Authentic: Blank-Backed Type 2 Proof (hand-cut, with bright colors, crisp image, and vertical creasing through the center). This group of nine cards represents every known advertisement and factory combination for the T206 Mattern tobacco card. Total: 9 cards. SOLD FOR $4,500
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