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1909-1911 T206 White Border Partial Set (236 of 524) Including Three Ty Cobbs and One Black Lenox Back
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $15,405
This partial set of T206 White Borders is comprised of 236 of the 524 cards in the set and represents 45% of a complete set. It is highlighted by thirty-five Hall of Famers (out of seventy-six in the set), including Christy Mathewson, three Ty Cobbs, two Cy Youngs, both Walter Johnsons, and all three Nap Lajoies, as well as numerous other highlights, including a rare black Lenox back of Hooks Wiltse/with cap. These cards were originally gifted to our consignor decades ago by a neighbor whose husband collected them in his youth. The cards grade 32% Vg, 34% Fr to Gd (mostly Gd), and 34% Pr. This collection is overall very pleasing, with the majority of the cards grading Gd or Vg, and would be an ideal foundation for the building of a low- to 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 T206s, or a complete set, in the offered grade is always extremely desirable to collectors, offering 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, building 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, thus 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, in any condition. The backs are almost all Piedmont or Sweet Caporal but do include fifteen Tolstoi (including Johnson/hands at chest), seven El Principe de Gales, six American Beauty, six Polar Bear, one Sovereign, and one black Lenox. We have selected eight cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The key cards (including thirty-five Hall of Famers) grade as follows: Bender/no trees (trimmed top edge, otherwise Vg), Bresnahan/port. (Pr), Bresnahan/bat (Gd+), Brown/Chicago (VG/EX 50), Chance/yellow (VG 40), Chase/trophy (Fr), Chase/dark cap (Vg+), Cicotte (“Black Sox”, Pr), Clarke/port. (Fr), Cobb/bat on (Pr), Cobb/bat off (GOOD+ 35), Cobb/red (Fr), Crawford/throwing (Pr), Crawford/with bat (VG+ 45), Duffy (Vg, Tolstoi), Evers/Chicago (Gd+), Griffith/bat (Gd+, American Beauty 350 no frame), Griffith/port (Gd+), Huggins/hands (Pr), Jennings/both hands (Vg+), Johnson/hands at chest (VG 40), Johnson/port. (Pr/Fr), Joss/hands at chest (Gd+), Joss/port. (Vg+), Kelley (Vg), Lajoie/bat (Fr), Lajoie/port. (VG/EX 50), Lajoie/throw (Vg-Ex), Marquard/port. (Gd+), Mathewson/dark cap (Pr), McGinnity (Pr), Tinker/port. (VG+ 45), Walsh (Pr), Wheat (Vg+), Willis/bat (Gd+), Willis/port (Gd), Wiltse/cap (Pr, Black Lenox), Young/glove (GOOD+ 35), and Young/port (Pr/Fr). This is a substantial low- to mid-grade partial set of the 1910 era's most classic tobacco-card issue, which is entirely new to the hobby and originates (by way of a neighbor) directly from the collector who accumulated these more than a century ago. The equivalent SMR value for just the eight SGC-graded cards (factoring in the four half grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including the 228 ungraded cards) is $2,310. Total: 236 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $15,405
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