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Lot # 379 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 White Border Collection (156) Including 24 Hall of Famers

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $35,550

Presented is an exceptionally crisp newly discovered collection of 156 different cards from the classic T206 White Border series, highlighted by twenty-four Hall of Famers, including Cobb, Johnson, and Young. Review this lot carefully! This is an unusual group! These cards have not seen the light of day in over 100 years and appear as bright, crisp, and clean as the day they were issued! Carefully preserved and protected from all elements in an album since probably the very day they were removed from packs, these cards instantly stand out as remarkably fresh and clean and perfectly preserved. Each is carefully affixed to an album page and could be professionally removed if desired. Interestingly, a portion of this collection, which was consigned by a noncollecting family, was previously sold at REA. The family consigned 86 T206s from the collection to REA's 2013 Fall auction. Among the cards we found an extremely rare Joe Tinker printing error (only the third example ever documented), which we offered separately from the other 85 cards, which appeared as Lot #281. The family was so pleased with the results they decided to sell the balance of the collection, which is represented by this lot.

The majority of the cards within this collection present as Ex to Nr/Mt on front. Some cards show visible wear or slight evidence of trimming (not done maliciously and perhaps tracing back to irregular cuts at the factory) and would thus grade more modestly. The twenty-four Hall of Famers featured in this collection: Bender/port., Bender/trees, Brown/Cubs, Clarke/bat, Cobb/bat on, Cobb/green, E. Collins, Crawford/throwing, Evers/Cubs, Johnson/port., Joss/port., Keeler/bat, Keeler/port., Lajoie/port., Lajoie/throwing, McGraw/finger in air, Speaker, Waddell/port., Waddell/throwing, Wallace, Walsh, Young/bare hand, Young/glove shows, and Young/port. Non-Hall of Fame stars Chase/pink port., Chase/white cap, and Cicotte (Black Sox) are also included. This is an outstanding collection of cards (representing almost 30% of a complete set) in an extremely unusual and desirable condition from the most popular and classic of all prewar trading-card sets. Obtaining these cards in the ultra high grades usually associated with such exceptional presentation (bold colors, perfect centering, and sharp corners) would cost tens of thousands of dollars (or more). Instead, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a sizable group of cards sharing almost all the qualities of much higher-grade examples at a fraction of the cost. Total: 156 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $35,550

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