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1909-11   T206   White Borders


Year(s) Published: 1909-11
Hobby Designation:   T206
Set Name: White Borders
Card Size (inches): 1-7/16 x 2-5/8
Number of Cards in Set: 514
Est. Value (common; VG): $40

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Set Summary
  • Largest and best known Major League set of it's time
  • Known in the hobby as "White Borders" or simply "T206"
  • Contains most famous baseball card--that of Honus Wagner
  • Colorized images with name & team printed in bottom margin
  • Sixteen different Am. Tobacco Co. brands used in ads on backs
  • See Gallery of Back Brands for back details
  • Printed by American Lithograph Company of New York
  • References:
    1) Jon Canfield, "T206 Brands: The 16 Backs and How They Were Packed," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #3, p. 37-43
    2) Lew Lipset, Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards, Vol. 3--20th Century Tobacco Cards (SP, Centereach, NY, 1986), pp. 46-61
    3) Old Cardboard Staff, "T206 Wagner Brings $2.35 Million; Sets New Record for Baseball Card," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #11 (Spring 2007, p. 40-41)
    4) Brian Chidester, "Card Collecting's Iconic Pose: The Evolution of Horner's Wagner," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #23 (Summer 2010, p. 37-41)

    Note: Collector Scot Reader has updated (May 2009) his on-line book, "Inside T206: A Collector's Guide to the Classic Baseball Card Set." The current (centennial) edition of the 80-page expanded study in PDF format can be downloaded free of charge at Inside T206. A special thanks to Scot for sharing his research with the vintage card hobby.

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