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1912 T207 Brown Background SGC-Graded Near-Complete Set (174/206)

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $15,600

Presented is a tremendous near-complete master set of 1912 T207 Brown Background cards consisting of 174 of the 206 cards in the master set, including several Hall of Famers and many rarities. The entire near-set is graded and encapsulated by SGC (166) or PSA (eight). This is a particularly strong set in terms of condition, especially for T207, which is so prone to surface cracking and creasing. The set was very carefully assembled over a period of many years by a very patient and dedicated collector who specialized in collecting T207s. This is easily seen, even at a glance, as this set is so superior to sets put together by old-timers decades ago. A set of this quality could only be assembled with access to hundreds upon hundreds of T207 cards over a period of many years. The T207 set includes many rare cards and has always been extremely challenging to complete. A complete set includes a high concentration of obscure players, a selection of Hall of Famers including Tris Speaker and Walter Johnson, and “Black Sox” members Weaver and Cicotte. The set is missing the following thirty-two cards for completion: #11, 13, 14, 29 Cicotte, 33, 36, 52, 54, 59, 61, 84 Johnson, 87, 93, 95, 102a Lewis/no emblem, 102b Lewis/emblem, 104a, 104c, 107 Lowdermilk, 111, 113 McGraw, 122 Ward Miller, 127, 144, 147, 148, 149, 164 Speaker, 186 Weaver, 187 Wheat, 196 Wood, and 197.

In the following condition composite, identifying card numbers are referenced from the numbers provided by the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards checklist. SGC Grading Composite: EX+ 70 (11 cards): #28 Chance, 41, 42, 58, 62, 64, 75, 141, 167, 171 and 194. EX 60 (62 cards): #4b, 5, 6, 7, 8 Bauman (PSA, MC), 10 Bender, 12, 17, 23, 24, 38, 39, 43, 47 (PSA), 49, 50, 55, 57a Fisher, 65, 66, 71 (PSA), 72, 73, 74, 90, 91, 97, 106, 108 Marquard, 109, 110, 128, 129, 131a, 131b, 134, 137, 139, 140, 154, 156 (PSA), 157, 159 (PSA),161, 165, 166, 169, 170, 173 174 Sweeney (PSA), 175 (PSA), 176 (PSA), 177 Tinker, 179, 181, 189, 190, 195, 198 Works, 199 and 200. VG/EX 50 (69 cards): #2, 4a, 9, 18, 20 Bushelman, 21 Butcher, 22, 25 Carey, 26, 27, 30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 40, 44, 51, 53, 56, 67, 69, 70, 76, 78, 79 Hoff, 80, 81 Hooper, 85, 88, 89, 92, 96, 98, 101, 103, 104a Livingston (big “C” on shirt), 106, 112, 114, 115, 116 McKechnie, 117, 118, 119, 120, 123, 126 Moore, 130 Moriarty, 132, 135, 138, 143, 145 Phelan, 146, 150, 155, 160, 163, 168, 169, 172, 178, 183, 184 Wallace, 185, 191, 192 Wilson, and 193. VG 40 (18 cards): #1 Adams, 3 Almeida, 16, 32, 46 Donnelly, 48, 60, 77 Herzog, 99, 100, 124, 125 Mogridge, 136, 152 Ryan, 153 Saier, 158, 162, and 182. GOOD 30 (7 cards): #15 Blanding, 19 Bresnahan, 57b Fisher (white cap), 63, 68 Gregg, 142 Pelty, and 188. FAIR 20 (2 cards): #83 Hyatt and 86 Kelly. POOR 10 (3 cards): #45 Donlin, 121, and 133 Nelson. Authentic (3 cards): #94 Kutina, 151, and 180 Tyler.

All cards have Recruit Little Cigars advertising backs except for thirty-two rare cards which have no advertising on their reverses (often referred to by collectors in the old days as issued by Coupon Cigarettes). The rare-back cards (Cycle, Broadleaf, and no advertising) are associated with the rarer cards in the T207 set, as virtually all were only issued with the rare advertising backs. Many other rarer cards are included among the Recruit advertising back cards as well.

This is an exceptionally attractive near-complete set, appearing at a glance far stronger than suggested by the very strong and technically accurate assigned grades listed above. The tremendous percentage of rare cards in the T207 set makes this issue one of the most difficult to complete of all 1910-era tobacco-card sets. In fact, most players in the T207 set are far rarer than collectors realize; a modest number of cards in the set which are common can give collectors an incorrect impression regarding rarity. In assembling a set, after just fifty or sixty cards, they start to get a lot rarer! This is a extraordinary and very rarely offered near-complete set of this classic tobacco card issue. The equivalent SMR value for the individual cards (factoring in the thirteen half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and excluding the three cards graded Authentic) is $23,833. Total 174 cards.  Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $15,600


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