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1909-1911 T206 White Border "Gamblers" SGC-Graded Collection (7)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823
Collection of all five Hal Chase poses and two "Black Sox" members (Cicotte and Gandil) from the classic T206 White Border series, each graded and encapsulated by SGC. Chase, Cicotte, and Gandil were, in fact, major stars of the day, but their involvement with gambling and with unsavory characters undermined their legend, and ensured that they would forever remain "non-Hall of Famers." 1) Hal Chase Holding trophy pose (Piedmont reverse), graded EX/NM 80. Bright and crisp, with vibrant colors, flawless registration, a little corner wear, and centered approximately 40/60 left to right. Exceptional high-grade example of one of the most distinctive cards in the entire T206 set. 2) Hal Chase Blue background portrait (Piedmont reverse), graded EX 60. Perfectly clean both front and back, with a striking and flawless bold blue background, a crisp image, light, even wear on the corners, and centered slightly to the right. 3) Hal Chase Pink background portrait (Piedmont reverse), graded VG 40. Centered a hint to the top, with light wear on the corners, and a few light surface creases on the bottom of the reverse. 4) Hal Chase Dark cap pose (Piedmont reverse), graded VG/EX 50. Bright and crisp, with even wear to all four corners, bold colors, and centered to the left. 5) Hal Chase White cap pose (Piedmont reverse), graded FAIR 20. Centered to the right, with even wear on the corners, and several creases through the center. 6) Ed Cicotte (Piedmont reverse), graded GOOD 30. Future "Black Sox." Centered slightly to the right, with even wear to the corners, no creases, and evidence of pencil writing on the back. 7) Chick Gandil (Sweet Caporal reverse), graded GOOD 30. Future "Black Sox." Well centered, with bold colors, a single horizontal crease across the top, and even wear to the corners. This is a very attractive medium- to high-grade collection of classic tobacco cards, featuring all five Hal Chase cards and two "Black Sox" members in the T206 set. This is a very sharp-looking group of cards of significant players who were great, but will forever be remembered for gambling-related scandals that years later led to their banishment from the game. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades is $825. Total: 7 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $823
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