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1909-1911 T206 White Border SGC-Graded Near-Complete Set (520 of 524)

  • Sold For: $59,250
  • Year: 1909
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 158
  • Auction Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

Presented is a near-complete T206 set of 520 cards, offered as a single lot. The completion of any T206 set is an extraordinary achievement. This is an exceptionally attractive high-quality near-complete set. The entire set (missing only the "Big 4") is graded and encapsulated by SGC (473 cards, of which 470 cards were submitted for grading by REA), PSA (42 cards), or three other grading companies (5 cards: GAI, BVG, CSA). The set includes seven NM 84, fifteen EX/NM 80, thirty-eight EX+ 70, 130 EX 60, 104 VG/EX 50, 115 VG 40, fifty-two GOOD 30, fifteen FAIR 20, six POOR 10, and thirty-eight Authentic. 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 516 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. 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 T206 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. The near-set includes the rare Demmitt, St. Louis (graded GOOD 30 by SGC, downgraded due to several tobacco stains on the front), O'Hara, St. Louis (graded VG/EX 50 by SGC), and Elberfeld -port. (Wash.), and, of course, the forty-eight scarce Southern League series cards.

For convenience, we are providing here the grades of all seventy-four Hall of Famers and additional key cards: SGC-grading composite: 7 cards are graded NM 84: Fritz (Southern Leaguer), Lipe (Southern Leaguer), Malarkey (PSA NM 7 oc), Moran, Phillippe, Rudolph, and Stanage. 15 cards are graded EX/NM 80: Beaumont, Bescher (port.), Criss, Doyle (bat, Old Mill), Ganzel, Gibson, Gilbert, Grimshaw, Hemphill, Krause (port.), Lindaman, Schaefer (Wash.), Summers, Unglaub, and White (pitching). 38 cards are graded EX+ 70: including Bresnahan (port.), Bresnahan (bat), Wheat, and two Southern Leaguers. 130 cards are graded EX 60: including Baker (Old Mill), Beckley, Bender (trees, PSA EX 5), Chance (red), Cobb (bat off), Crawford (throwing), Doyle (NY, hands above head), Evers (port.), Evers (Chicago), Johnson (port.), Joss (hands at chest), Lajoie (bat, Polar Bear), McGraw (finger), McGraw (cap, PSA EX 5), Smith (Chi. and Bos., CSA EX 5 - card appears trimmed), Tinker (bat off), Wallace, Young (glove), and four Southern Leaguers. 104 cards are graded VG/EX 50: including Bender (no trees), Bender (port.), Brown (port.), Chase (white cap), Clarke (bat), Dahlen (Bklyn), Flick, Griffith (bat), Lajoie (port.), McGraw (glove), O'Hara (St. Louis, Polar Bear), Speaker, Tinker (bat on, Polar Bear), Waddell (port.), Waddell (throwing), Walsh, and twelve Southern Leaguers. 115 cards are graded VG 40: including Brown (Chicago, GAI VG 3), Brown (Cubs), Chance (batting), Chance (yellow, GAI VG 3, American Beauty 350 frame), Chase (blue), Chase (black cap, Polar Bear), Chesbro, Cobb (green), Cobb (red), Cobb (bat on, Sovereign 350 forest green), G. Davis (Chicago), Elberfeld (Wash., port.), Gandil (Black Sox), Jennings (one hand, El Principe De Gales), Kleinow (Bos., Polar Bear), Lajoie (throwing), Marquard (hands at thighs, GAI VG 3), Marquard (follow thru, Polar Bear), Marquard (port.), Mathewson (dark cap, PSA VG 3), Mathewson (port., PSA VG 3, Sovereign 150), Tinker (port.), Willis (port.), Willis (throw), Young (bare hand), and fourteen Southern Leaguers (including Rockenfeld - BVG VG 3 and Shaughnessy). 52 cards are graded GOOD 30: including Chase (trophy, Polar Bear), Chase (pink), Cicotte (Black Sox), Clarke (port.), Crawford (bat), Demmitt (St. Louis, Polar Bear), Huggins (port., PSA GOOD 2), Johnson (hands at chest), Joss (port.), Keeler (bat), Mathewson (white cap), McGraw (no cap), Tinker (hands on knees), Young (port.), and five Southern Leaguers (including Breitenstein - PSA GOOD 2). 15 cards are graded FAIR 20: including Griffith (port.) and Keeler (port.). 6 cards are graded POOR 10: including Evers (Cubs), Willis (bat), and one Southern Leaguer. 38 cards are deemed Authentic: including G. Browne (Wash., Sovereign 350 forest green), Collins (Phila.), Collins (Minn.), Duffy (Sovereign 460), Huggins (hands at mouth), Jennings (both hands), Jennings (port.), Kelley, Lundgren (Chicago), McGinnity, and eight Southern Leaguers. Most of the cards have Piedmont or Sweet Caporal backs, but also included are American Beauty, Tolstoi, Sovereign, Polar Bear, and Old Mill. 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 SGC NM 84, SGC NM/MT 88, or higher grades have risen to astounding levels which are unaffordable for most collectors. Impressive cards ranging in grade from Vg to Excellent condition, of which this near-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 equivalent SMR value for this collection (not including the one qualified card, the one card graded by CSA, and the thirty-eight cards encapsulated as Authentic) is $67,316. Total: 520 cards. Reserve $15,000. Estimate $30,000++. SOLD FOR $59,250

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