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1909-1911 T206 White Border Collection (58) Including Eight Hall of Famers and Blank Back

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,518

Collection of fifty-four different (plus four duplicates) T206 White Border tobacco cards, highlighted by eight Hall of Famers, including Mordecai Brown, Hugh Jennings, and Cy Young. These Hall of Famers, which would normally be the focus of any lot, may not even be the most interesting or important cards in this collection. Instead, a few printing oddities and hand-cut cards, including a blank back, may capture that title. This collection has been saved in the family of the original owner since 1910. Of special note regarding provenance, these T206s are from the very same collection as the T206 Plank (Piedmont back) which appeared as Lot #211 in REA's May 2011 auction, selling for $41,125. This fact alone suggests that at least the fifteen Piedmont cards (at least two of which appear hand-cut) may have an important story to tell. (REA believes that all T206 Planks with Piedmont backs were hand-cut as opposed to machine-cut.) Condition: Nine cards grade Vg-Ex to Ex, seventeen grade Vg, fifteen grade Gd, ten grade Pr, and seven are slightly trimmed or hand-cut. The fact that some of these cards are obviously slightly miscut by hand (apparently from sheets) as opposed to machine-cut, combined with the fact that the Plank with the Piedmont back (only a few Planks are known with the Piedmont back) came from this same collection, suggests a fascinating lost history regarding the printing of the T206 Plank. Most of the cards in this collection have Sweet Caporal advertisements on the back. As noted, fifteen have Piedmont backs. Also included are two Old Mill and one American Beauty (350 series). We have selected three cards to be graded by SGC. Highlights: Brown/Chicago (Pr), Chesbro (Gd), Davis (Vg-Ex), Hofman (blank back, hand-cut, otherwise Vg), Jennings/both hands (VG/EX+ 55), Walsh (Vg), Willis/throwing (EX 60), Young/bare hand (Gd), and Young/portrait (EX 60). We submitted the Hofman blank back to SGC for encapsulation (SGC only assigns a grade of "Authentic" to blank backs), but it was returned to us, unencapsulated, due to a slight scuff to the paper on the reverse, which caused them to err on the side of caution due to a recent controversy surrounding another (unrelated) high-profile blank-back T206. We did not resubmit the card, as it is our policy not to do so, but we report the non-encapsulation here in the interest of disclosure (also by REA policy). It is very possible that SGC would have encapsulated this card if they had been armed with additional information. We 100% guarantee that this is an original, unaltered blank-back T206 and also note that it is accompanied by the most ideal and ironclad provenance we can imagine! This is a very appealing collection of cards, saved and consigned by the family of the original owner, direct from "the olden days," some a little rough but still very collectable. There is no doubt a story as to how the unusual hand-cut cards and printing anomalies from this collection came to be included, but this information has long ago been lost to time. We always enjoy offering mixed-grade groups of T206s, especially when they include many Hall of Famers, but the true significance of this particular group in our eyes is its provenance and the mystery of the hand-cut cards and printing anomalies. The equivalent SMR value for just the three graded cards (factoring in the Jennings at the lower whole-grade level and not including the fifty-five ungraded cards!) is $2,590. Total: 58 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $6,518


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