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1909-1912 "T-Card" "Shoebox Collection" Including T206 O'Hara, St. Louis (174)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $5,581.25
Fascinating original "shoebox" collection includes 174 tobacco cards from three different issues dating from 1909 to 1912 in unique condition. The collection is totally unpicked, including two Ty Cobbs, two Christy Mathewsons, Walter Johnson, and numerous additional rarities and Hall of Famers. Of greatest significance is the inclusion of T206 rarity Bill O'Hara, St. Louis variation. Unfortunately the O'Hara, Cobbs, and every other card in the entire collection has a number written on the front or back with what appears to be a thick blue pencil (possibly ink). Almost all the cards are marked on the reverse but a very few, including the rare O'Hara, are marked on the front as well. We think these cards were long ago used as makeshift tickets, or possibly for some kind of bingo-style game. The O'Hara is a surprisingly clean card for a Polar Bear back card, with no tobacco staining whatsoever. The number "49" appears in the upper right, with an additional blue mark (possibly a "5") on the reverse. The card is very clean, with bold colors, a crisp, perfectly focused image, and is also extremely well centered. No creases. This card has superb eye-appeal and would grade very highly and be worth many thousands if it didn't have blue writing on it. Because it is such a significant highlight, we sent this one card into SGC for grading. It has been encapsulated and graded POOR 10 by SGC. Without reference to the writing on the reverses (and in a very few cases the obverses), the cards in this unique collection range in grade from Pr to Vg (averaging Gd). 1) 1911 T205 Gold Border (23 cards): including Bender, Bresnahan (mouth open), Chance, Collins (mouth closed), Mathewson, Tinker, and Wheat. 2) 1909-11 T206 White Border (150 cards): including Baker, Bender (trees), Bender (portrait), Bresnahan (portrait), Bresnahan (bat), G. Brown (Wash.), M. Brown (portrait), Chance (batting), Chance (yellow), Chase (trophy), Chase (blue), Chase (pink), Cicotte (Black Sox), Ty Cobb (green), Ty Cobb (bat off), Crawford (throwing), Evers (portrait), Gandil (Black Sox), Griffith (batting), Griffith (portrait), Huggins (portrait), Johnson (pitching), Joss (pitching), Keeler (portrait), Lundgren (Chicago), Marquard (hands at side), Mathewson (dark cap), McGraw (finger in air), McGraw (glove at hip), McGraw (cap), O'Hara (St. Louis), Tinker (portrait), Walsh, Willis (portrait), Willis (bat), Willis (throwing). 3) T207 Brown Background (1 card): McBride. One of the great things about card collecting is that it is possible to collect the hobby's most classic baseball cards on a relatively modest budget. This fascinating untouched-for-decades estate card collection represents a unique collecting opportunity. This collection includes thirty-five Hall of Famers, plus rarities, and offers a significant representation, in a very collectible (and relatively affordable) condition, of the most popular baseball tobacco cards of the era. Total 174 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,581.25
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