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1909-1911 T206 White Border Near-Complete PSA-Graded Set (518 of 524)
Starting Bid - $25,000, Sold For - $100,725
The 518 cards in this collection represent 99% of a complete T206 set. This T206 near-set is highlighted by seventy-four Hall of Famers, including four Ty Cobb cards, three Christy Mathewsons, two Walter Johnsons, three Cy Youngs, as well as many rarities (including Elberfeld – portrait, Wash. and Smith - Chi. & Bos.) and all forty-eight of the scarce Southern League series cards. The missing six cards are the "Big 4" (Wagner, Plank, Magie error, and rare Doyle), Demmitt/St. Louis, and O'Hara/St. Louis.
There is little need for a formal introduction to the T206 White Borders set, the single most important and highly collected issue among all tobacco and all vintage cards. This is an extremely attractive and clean near-complete set of 518 cards. The cards span all grades and include many significant condition highlights; the entire set has tremendous eye-appeal across the board and even the lesser-graded cards are very pleasing and exhibit bright colors and crisp focus. This is a very carefully assembled set put together by a very dedicated collector over a period of many years. Few cards have creases, and most cards have been downgraded solely due to normal corner and edge wear. It would be a challenge in any era to assemble such an attractive T206 set, and all the more challenging to find a set of this extraordinary quality already assembled and available for sale as a unit today. Any T206 set, of course, naturally has a tremendous break value and most quality sets are broken up and sold individually. This is a very clean, attractive near-complete T206 set, just six cards away from the assembly of a magnificent fully graded complete set. Most of the cards have Piedmont or Sweet Caporal backs, but also included are thirty-four Old Mill (twenty-one of which are Southern Leaguers), seventeen Sovereign, eight Polar Bear, five El Principe de Gales, and three Tolstoi.
The entire set is graded and encapsulated by PSA. This set is comprised of two NM 7, two EX-MT+ 6.5, sixty-nine EX-MT 6, nine EX+ 5.5, 209 EX 5 (two with qualifiers), thirty-five VG-EX+ 4.5, 121 VG-EX 4, fifteen VG+ 3.5, thirty-four VG 3, six GOOD+ 2.5, fourteen GOOD 2, one FAIR 1.5, and one Authentic.
PSA Grading Composite: NM 7 (2 cards): Bresnahan/port & Schaeffer/Det. EX-MT+ 6.5 (2 cards): Dygert and M. Mitchell. EX-MT 6 (69 cards): including Bresnahan/bat, E. Collins, J. Collins, Evers/Chicago with bat, and Jennings/one hand. EX+ 5.5 (9 cards): including Wheat and two Southern Leaguers (Guiheen and Molesworth). EX 5 (209 cards): including Beckley, Bender/trees, Brown/port, Chance/port. yellow, Clarke/bat, Cobb/green [MC], Cobb/red (Old Mill), Dahlen/Brooklyn (Old Mill), Davis, Flick, Jennings/port., Jennings/both hands, Johnson/hands at chest, Kleinow/Boston, Lajoie/bat, Marquard/hands at thighs, Mathewson/white cap, McGraw/no cap, F. Smith/Chi & Bos (Old Mill), Tinker/bat off, Wallace, Walsh, Willis/throwing, Young/port., Young/glove shows (Polar Bear), and nine Southern Leaguers (Bastian, Greminger, J. Hart, Jordan, McCauley, Persons, Revelle, Seitz, and S. Smith). VG-EX+ 4.5 (35 cards): including Crawford/batting (Old Mill), Marquard/follow through, McGraw/glove at hip (Sovereign), McGraw/finger in air, Waddell/throwing (Sovereign), and three Southern Leaguers (Coles, Kiernan, and Shaughnessy). VG-EX 4 (121 cards): including Bender/no trees (Polar Bear), G. Brown/Wash. (Sovereign), M. Brown/Cubs shirt, Chance/port. red, Chance/batting, Chase/port. blue, Chase/dark cap, Chesbro (Sovereign), Cicotte, Clarke/port., Cobb/bat off, Crawford/throwing, Duffy, Elberfeld/Wash. port., Evers/port., Gandil (Polar Bear), Griffith/batting, Huggins/hands at mouth, Johnson/port., Joss/pitching, Joss/port., Keeler/port., Kelley, Lajoie/throwing, Lundgren/Chi., Marquard/port., Mathewson/dark cap, McGinnity, McGraw/with cap, Tinker/hands on knees, Tinker/port., Waddell/port. (Sovereign), Willis/port and seventeen Southern Leaguers (Bay, Bernhard, Cranston, Ellam, Fritz, Hickman, King, Lipe, Miller, Orth, Otey, Rockenfeld, C. Smith, Thornton, Violat, Westlake, and White). VG+ 3.5 (15 cards): including Chase/white cap, Lajoie/port. (Sovereign), and three Southern Leaguers (Breitenstein, Carey, and B. Hart). VG 3 (34 cards): including Chase/holding trophy, Evers/batting Cubs, Tinker/bat on, and eleven Southern Leaguers (Foster, Helm, Hooker, Howard, LaFitte, Lentz, Manion, Mullaney, Reagan, Stark, and Thebo). GOOD+ 2.5 (6 cards): including Bender/port., Chase/port. pink, and Willis/bat. GOOD 2 (14 cards): including Baker (Polar Bear), M. Brown/Chicago (El Principe de Gales), Cobb/bat on, Keeler/bat, Mathewson/port., Speaker, Young/bare hand (Sovereign), and two Southern Leaguers (Paige and Perdue). FAIR 1.5 (1 card): Titus. Authentic (1 card): Ryan (Southern Leaguer).
This is a set with tremendous eye-appeal, appearing at a glance considerably stronger than suggested by the very respectable and accurate condition composite and individual grades listed above. T206s in PSA NM 7, PSA NM-MT 8, or higher grades have risen to astounding levels that are unaffordable for most collectors. Impressive cards ranging in grade from Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt condition, of which this near-complete set is primarily comprised, represent one of the most outstanding values in all vintage-card collecting. This is a beautiful near-complete set of T206 White Borders, the most popular and classic set of the era, in an extremely desirable overall grade. The SMR value for this collection (not including the two qualified cards - one of which is Cobb/green and the one Authentic card) is $93,805. This figure calculates the sixty-eight half grades at the lower whole-grade level and does not include any premium for the more desirable advertising backs included within. Total: 518 cards. Reserve $25,000. Estimate $50,000++. SOLD FOR $100,725
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