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Helmar "T206" Colgan's Chips Collection (46 different) with Mathewson, Johnson, Lajoie, Speaker, Thorpe, and Young
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540
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Collection of forty-six different cards, similar in design to the popular "T206" white-border tobacco cards, issued by the Helmar Brewing Company. These cards are distinguished by the distinctive "Colgan's Chips" full-color front overlay and full-color advertisement on the reverse. The "T-206" Helmar Colgan's Chips cards are among the rarest of all Helmar issues because of their unique production method. The set was created in unison with the company's standard "T-206" set, however, for the Colgan's Chips issue, the company only produced a total of four cards of each player instead of the usual twenty to twenty-five cards. Furthermore, for each player card there were two different back variations. Therefore, technically, only two of the same cards exist for each player in the set. Like Helmar's standard "T-206" set, the "T-206" Colgan's Chip set is still in production and currently numbers over 220 cards. Both major and minor league players are featured in the set, including those from the short-lived Federal League (1914-1915). The collection, broken down by team affiliation, is comprised of the following cards: Boston A.L. (2) Sweeney and Speaker. Boston N.L. (2) Stallings and Young. Brooklyn Fed. Lg. (8) H. Bay, Bluejacket, Falkenberg, Halt, Hofman, Kauff, LaFitte, and Seaton. Brooklyn N.L. (2) Merkle, and Wheat. Chi. A.L. (1) Callahan. Chi. N.L. (3) Bransfield, Needham, and Randall. Cinn. N.L. (2) Bates, and Groh. Cleve. A.L. (1) Lajoie. Detroit Stars House of David (1) Didrikson. Negro Lg. (1) Hill. N.Y. A.L. (2) Chesbro and Kauff. N.Y. N.L. (11) Bowerman, Devlin (2 diff.). Donlin (2 diff.), Raymond, McCormick, McGann, McGinnity, C. Mathewson, and Thorpe. Phila. A.L. (2) E. Collins and Mack. Phila N.L. (1) Doolin. Pittsburgh Fed. Lg. (1) Walker. St. Louis Fed. Lg. (1) Bridwell. St. Louis N.L. (1) Bresnahan. Wash. A.L. (2) W. Johnson and Schaefer. Minor Leaguers (2) Bresnahan (Toledo), and Carisch (Sioux Falls). Like all of the Helmar issues, these cards were intentionally produced with a distressed look, with most having rounded corners and rubbed edges. Near Mint condition overall. Total: 46 cards. SOLD FOR $540
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