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Lot # 356 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 White Border Near-Complete Set (514/524)

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $32,588

40% Vg-Ex (including 4% Ex), 29% Vg, 18% Pr to Gd, and 13% slight trim or factory small (otherwise Vg to Vg-Ex). This near-complete set of T206 White Borders is comprised of an incredible 514 of the 524 cards in the set. The T206 set, of course, is also highlighted by literally dozens of Hall of Famers, including Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Nap Lajoie, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson. Impressively, this near-complete set includes seventy-four of the seventy-six Hall of Famers (missing only Plank and Wagner). The ten missing cards are Anderson, Conroy/with bat, Demmitt/St. Louis, Doyle/NY Nat'l, Leifield/batting, Magie, O'Hara/St. Louis, Plank, J. Tannehill, and Wagner. Interestingly, four of the missing cards were included in this collection but are being offered as individual lots in this auction because of their rare advertising reverses (Anderson and Tannehill feature Broad Leaf 350 backs while Conroy and Leifield feature Drum backs). Consigned by the family of an old-time collector, this set was assembled card by card in the early days of the organized hobby many years ago and has been securely stored away for many years until being presented here. This is a beautiful T206 near-complete set in desirable and for the most part largely consistent mid-grade, offering an exceptional collecting value. We have selected seventeen cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC.

The key cards (including seventy-four Hall of Famers) grade as follows: Baker (Vg, Polar Bear), Beckley (Vg), Bender/no trees (two pinholes, otherwise Vg), Bender/trees (Vg-Ex), Bender/port. (slight trim, otherwise Vg+, Sovereign 150), Bresnahan/port. (Vg-Ex+), Bresnahan/bat (Gd), G. Brown/Wash. (trimmed, otherwise Fr), Brown/Chi. (Vg-Ex), Brown/Cubs (Pr), Brown/port. (Vg-Ex), Chance/bat (Vg-Ex+, Tolstoi back with wet-sheet transfer on front), Chance/red (trimmed, otherwise Fr), Chance/yellow (Vg+), Chase/holding trophy (Vg), Chase/blue (slight trim, otherwise Ex), Chase/pink (Fr), Chase/black cap (Ex), Chase/white cap (Vg), Chesbro (Ex), Cicotte ("Black Sox," possible slight trim, otherwise Ex), Clarke/bat (Vg-Ex), Clarke/port. (Fr), Cobb/bat off (VG 40), Cobb/bat on (VG 40), Cobb/green (POOR 10, presents Vg with paper loss on back), Cobb/red ("Authentic," slight trim otherwise Vg-Ex), Collins/Phila. (Vg+), Collins/Minn. (Ex), Crawford/throw (Fr), Crawford/bat (Vg), Dahlen/Brooklyn (Pr), G. Davis (Ex), Doyle/N.Y. (Vg+), Duffy (Vg+), Elberfeld/Wash. port. (FAIR 20), Evers/port. (Fr), Evers/Cubs (Vg+), Evers/Chi. (Vg+), Flick (Vg+), Gandil ("Black Sox," Ex), Griffith/bat (Vg-Ex), Griffith/port. (Vg-Ex+), Huggins/hands (Fr, paper loss on back otherwise Vg-Ex+), Huggins/port. (Vg+), Jennings/one hand (slight trim, otherwise Vg), Jennings/both hands (Vg, Polar Bear), Jennings/port. (Vg), Johnson/port. (VG 40), Johnson/hands at chest (GOOD+ 35), Joss/pitching (Vg, Sovereign 350), Joss/port. (Vg-Ex), Keeler/port. (Vg), Keeler/bat (Gd+), Kelley (Vg-Ex), Kleinow/Bost. (slight trim, otherwise Pr, Polar Bear), Lajoie/port. (VG/EX+ 55), Lajoie/throw (VG+ 45), Lajoie/with bat (GOOD+ 35), Lundgren/Chi. (Pr), Marquard/hands (Vg-Ex+), Marquard/pitch (Vg-Ex), Marquard/port. (Vg), Mathewson/dark cap (GOOD+ 35), Mathewson/port. (EX 60), Mathewson/white cap (FAIR 20), McGinnity (Vg), McGraw/finger (Vg, Sovereign 150), McGraw/glove (Vg-Ex), McGraw/no cap (Vg-Ex), McGraw/cap (possible slight trim, otherwise Ex), Smith/Chic. & Bos. (Vg+, Old Mill), Speaker ("Authentic," slight trim, otherwise Vg), Tinker/bat off (Vg-Ex+), Tinker/bat on (Vg-Ex+), Tinker/knees (Pr), Tinker/port. (Pr), Waddell/port. (Vg+), Waddell/throw (Vg+), Wallace (possible slight trim, otherwise Vg-Ex, Sovereign 350), Walsh (Pr/Fr), Wheat (Fr, stamp on back, otherwise Vg), Willis/port. (Ex), Willis/bat (Vg+), Willis/throw (Fr, album residue and paper loss on back, otherwise Vg+), Young/glove (GOOD+ 35), Young/bare hand (POOR 10) and Young/port. (VG/EX+ 55). The forty-eight Southern Leaguers grade ten Vg, twenty-nine Pr to Gd, and nine trimmed.

Almost all of the cards feature Piedmont or Sweet Caporal advertising reverses, but also included are thirty-two Sovereign, fourteen Old Mill, nine Tolstoi, eight Polar Bear, two American Beauty, one Cycle, and one El Principe de Gales. An outstanding opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive near-complete set of T206 White Borders, the most popular and classic set of the era, with many notable highlights. The equivalent SMR value for just fifteen of the graded cards (factoring in the nine half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including the two cards graded "Authentic" or the 497 ungraded cards!) is $7,985. Total: 514 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $32,588


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