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1909-1911 T206 Different Backs Collection Including Broad Leaf and Carolina Brights (25)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,350
This is a very substantial collection of twenty-five T206 tobacco cards, each with a different advertisement on the back, including the scarce “Broad Leaf 350” and “Carolina Brights” advertising backs. The fronts of a few cards in this collection are also of special note; included are one Hall of Famer (Wallace) and a Southern Leaguer. The collection consists of the following in the order of scarcity (with the order of rarity as listed on the “T206 Museum” website): 1) Broad Leaf 350: Beck (Vg); 2) Carolina Brights: Arellanes (Fr); 3) Sovereign 460: Schulte/back (Vg/Vg-Ex); 4) American Beauty 460: Wiltse/pitching (Vg); 5) Cycle 460: Sweeney/NY (Vg); 6) Tolstoi: Meyers (Vg); 7) El Principe De Gales: Gray (Vg-Ex); 8) American Beauty 350 (no Frame): Manning/pitching (Vg); 9) American Beauty 350 (Frame): Miller/Pitt. (Vg); 10) Cycle 350: Phelps (possible slight trim, otherwise Ex); 11) Old Mill (Southern League): Seitz/southern leaguer (Vg); 12) Sweet Caporal 350-460 (Factory 25, Dist. 2, VA): O'Leary/hands on knees (Vg); 13) Old Mill (Black): Konetchy/glove low (Vg); 14) Sovereign 350: Camnitz/arms folded (Vg); 15) Sweet Caporal Overprint 150: McQuillan/ball in hand (Vg); 16) Sweet Caporal Overprint 350-460: Murphy/bat (Vg); 17) Sweet Caporal 350-460: Downey/bat (Vg-Ex); 18) Sovereign 150: Wallace (HOF, Gd); 19) Polar Bear: Clymer (Vg); 20) Sweet Caporal 150 (Factory 25, Dist. 2, VA): Gilbert (Gd-Vg); 21) Piedmont 150 (Factory 25, Dist. 2, VA): O'Leary/port. (Vg-Ex); 22) Sweet Caporal 150 (Factory 30, Dist. 2, NY): Conroy/fielding (Vg-Ex); 23) Piedmont 350-460 (Factory 25): Merkle/throwing (Fr-Gd); 24) Sweet Caporal 350 (Factory 30, Dist. 2, NY): Bell/hands over head (Gd); 25) Piedmont 350 (Factory 25, Dist. 2, VA): Merkle/port. (possible slight trim, otherwise Ex/Ex-Mt). This collection represents a great opportunity for a dedicated collector to continue the challenging task of assembling as many T206 cards as possible with different backs. Counting all possible back variations (brand names, printing colors, and factory numbers), there are a total of thirty-eight universally recognized different T206 backs (not counting the virtually unique overprints). Incredibly, we have never seen or even heard of the assembly of a complete collection of T206 advertising backs, but suspect that may soon change. Total: 25 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,350
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