T206 White Borders Baseball Cards

T206 White Borders Baseball Cards

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This set is called The Monster for very good reason. It's one of the most widely-collected sets of any era. It contains the single most famous card in the hobby, one recognized even by non-collectors. It has some scarce cards, even though most are easily obtained. It can be collected in a wide variety of ways: as a set, by teams, by Hall of Fame players, by back design, only certain minor leaguers, by portraits or action poses. There is truly something for everyone in the set.

The T206 designation comes from Jefferson Burdick in his American Card Catalog in the 1930s, but the cards are also known as white borders due to their design. That border surrounds a strikingly colorful lithograph, with simply a name and city below the picture in black ink. Most of the 524 fronts are vertically oriented, but a small number are horizontal. However, there are a lot of similarly white-bordered sets of the era (many of those using the same pictures), which causes some confusion among even intermediate collectors.

The way of knowing for sure which set a card is from is by looking at the back. Among T206 cards the back design carries only an advertisement, and there are sixteen different tobacco brands that issued them. Sweet Caporal and Piedmont are the most common, but there are also ads for Polar bear, Sovereign, Broadleaf, Cycle, Drum, Old Mill, Carolina Brights, El Pricipe de Gales, American Beauty, Hindu, Lenox, Tolstoi, and Uzit, as well as some with blank backs. One more brand is Ty Cobb, which is found on the back of some of Cobb's own red background card.

Not all cards are found with all the backs, and there are different variations among the backs themselves that push the number of total back designs to more than 30. In all, there are more than two thousand different front/back combinations in the set, which makes putting together a true master set to be a nearly impossible task without a considerable amount of cash and hobby connections.

The set was issued over a period of three calendar years, from 1909 through 1911. As a result of several different printings, some players have multiple images and poses. For example, Ty Cobb had four different images, and Hal Chase had five. Several players are shown on two different teams due to trades. Minor leaguers are included as well, with Southern Leaguers being tougher because they were only printed from 1909-'10. There are also scarcities that resulted from a card being pulled when a player left the game or was traded; Bill O'Hara and Ray Demmitt were two such players.

Of course, the most famous card in the hobby and a legend were created because of a star player who requested his card be withdrawn. Honus Wagner's T206 image is iconic, and sales of his card often make the newspapers because of the amounts involved. It's not the scarcest card in the set, but it's the most coveted. There has long been a disagreement about why Wagner's card was pulled early in the printing. Some say that Wagner was worried that kids might buy tobacco products to get his card, while others suggest it was a matter of getting paid. Whatever the reason, it's the single most revered card in the hobby.

Sherry Magee had his last name spelled Magie on some of his cards. Since the error was corrected in subsequent printings, the error card is quite valuable today. Hall of Famer Eddie Plank's card was severely short-printed. Hobby legend states a printing plate broke and his card was generally removed in the process. A version of Joe Doyle's card listed N.Y. Nat'l while most omitted the league designation.

The Wagner, Plank, Magie and Doyle cards are considered the Big 4 cards that aren't considered necessary to complete a T206 set. However, they're cornerstones to any major collection.

Key Cards

Key T206 White Borders Baseball Cards

Honus Wagner

1909-11 Honus Wagner T206

Eddie Plank

1909 T206 Eddie Plank

Sherry Magee

1909 T206 Sherry Magee

Joe Doyle

1909 T206 Joe Doyle

Ty Cobb

1909 T206 Ty Cobb

Christy Mathewson

1909 T206 Christy Mathewson

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Set Checklist

T206 White Border Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Featuring 525 cards

1 Ed Abbaticchio (Blue Sleeves)
2 Ed Abbaticchio (Brown Sleeves)
3 Fred Abbott
4 Bill Abstein
5 Doc Adkins
6 Whitey Alperman
7 Red Ames (Hands At Chest)
8 Red Ames (Hands Above Head)
9 Red Ames (Portrait)
10 John Anderson
11 Frank Arellanes
12 Herman Armbruster
13 Harry Arndt
14 Jake Atz
15 Home Run Baker
16 Neal Ball (New York)
17 Neal Ball (Cleveland)
18 Jap Barbeau
19 Cy Barger
20 Jack Barry (Philadelphia)
21 Shad Barry (Milwaukee)
22 Jack Bastian
23 Emil Batch
24 Johnny Bates
25 Harry Bay
26 Ginger Beaumont
27 Fred Beck
28 Beals Becker
29 Jake Beckley
30 George Bell (Hands Above Head)
31 George Bell (Pitching Follow Thru)
32 Chief Bender (Pitching No Trees In Background)
33 Chief Bender (Pitching Trees In Background)
34 Chief Bender (Portrait)
35 Bill Bergen (Batting)
36 Bill Bergen (Catching)
37 Heinie Berger
38 Bill Bernhard
39 Bob Bescher (Hands In Air)
40 Bob Bescher (Portrait)
41 Joe Birmingham
42 Lena Blackburne
43 Jack Bliss
44 Frank Bowerman
45 Bill Bradley (Portrait)
46 Bill Bradley (With Bat)
47 Dave Brain
48 Kitty Bransfield
49 Roy Brashear
50 Ted Breitenstein
51 Roger Bresnahan (Portrait)
52 Roger Bresnahan (With Bat)
53 Al Bridwell (Portrait No Cap)
54 Al Bridwell (Portrait With Cap)
55 George Brown (Browne) (Chicago)
56 George Brown (Browne) (Washington)
57 Mordecai Brown (Chicago On Shirt)
58 Mordecai Brown (Cubs On Shirt)
59 Mordecai Brown (Portrait)
60 Al Burch (Batting)
61 Al Burch (Fielding)
62 Fred Burchell
63 Jimmy Burke
64 Bill Burns
65 Donie Bush
66 John Butler
67 Bobby Byrne
68 Howie Camnitz (Arm At Side)
69 Howie Camnitz (Arms Folded)
70 Howie Camnitz (Hands Above Head)
71 Billy Campbell
72 Scoops Carey
73 Charley Carr
74 Bill Carrigan
75 Doc Casey
76 Peter Cassidy
77 Frank Chance (Batting)
78 Frank Chance (Portrait Red Background)
79 Frank Chance (Portrait Yellow Background)
80 Bill Chappelle
81 Chappie Charles
82 Hal Chase (Holding Trophy)
83 Hal Chase (Portrait Blue Background)
84 Hal Chase (Portrait Pink Background)
85 Hal Chase (Throwing Dark Cap)
86 Hal Chase (Throwing White Cap)
87 Jack Chesbro
88 Eddie Cicotte
89 Bill Clancy (Clancey)
90 Josh Clark (Columbus) (Clarke)
91 Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh Holding Bat)
92 Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh Portrait)
93 J. J. Clarke (Cleveland)
94 Bill Clymer
95 Ty Cobb (Portrait Green Background)
96 Ty Cobb (Portrait Red Background)
97 Ty Cobb (Portrait Red Background Ty Cobb Back)
98 Ty Cobb (Bat Off Shoulder)
99 Ty Cobb (Bat On Shoulder)
100 Cad Coles
101 Eddie Collins (Philadelphia)
102 Jimmy Collins (Minneapolis)
103 Bunk Congalton
104 Wid Conroy (Fielding)
105 Wid Conroy (With Bat)
106 Harry Coveleski
107 Doc Crandall (Portrait No Cap)
108 Doc Crandall (Portrait With Cap)
109 Bill Cranston
110 Gavvy Cravath
111 Sam Crawford (Throwing)
112 Sam Crawford (With Bat)
113 Birdie Cree
114 Lou Criger
115 Dode Criss
116 Monte Cross
117 Bill Dahlen (Boston)
118 Bill Dahlen (Brooklyn)
119 Paul Davidson
120 George Davis (Chicago)
121 Harry Davis (Philadelphia Davis On Front)
122 Harry Davis (Philadelphia H. Davis On Front)
123 Frank Delehanty (Louisville)
124 Jim Delehanty (Washington)
125 Ray Demmitt (New York)
126 Ray Demmitt (St. Louis)
127 Rube Dessau
128 Art Devlin
129 Josh Devore
130 Bill Dineen (Dinneen)
131 Mike Donlin (Fielding)
132 Mike Donlin (Seated)
133 Mike Donlin (With Bat)
134 Jiggs Donahue
135 Wild Bill Donavan (Portrait)
136 Wild Bill Donavan (Throwing)
137 Red Dooin
138 Mickey Doolan (Batting)
139 Mickey Doolan (Fielding)
140 Mickey Doolan (Portrait)
141 Gus Dorner
142 Patsy Dougherty (Arm In Air)
143 Patsy Dougherty (Portrait)
144 Tom Downey (Batting)
145 Tom Downey (Fielding)
146 Jerry Downs
147 Slow Joe Doyle (NY Nat'l Hands Above Head)
148 Slow Joe Doyle (NY Hands Above Head)
149 Larry Doyle (Portrait)
150 Larry Doyle (Throwing)
151 Larry Doyle (With Bat)
152 Jean Dubuc
153 Hugh Duffy
154 Jack Dunn (Baltimore)
155 Joe Dunn (Brooklyn)
156 Bull Durham
157 Jimmy Dygert
158 Ted Easterly
159 Dick Egan
160 Kid Elberfeld (New York)
161 Kid Elberfeld (Washington) (Portrait)
162 Kid Elberfeld (Washington) (Fielding)
163 Roy Ellam
164 Clyde Engle
165 Steve Evans
166 Johnny Evers (Portrait)
167 Johnny Evers (With Bat Chicago On Shirt)
168 Johnny Evers (With Bat Cubs On Shirt)
169 Bob Ewing
170 George Ferguson
171 Hobe Ferris
172 Lou Fiene (Portrait)
173 Lou Fiene (Throwing)
174 Steamer Flanagan
175 Art Fletcher
176 Elmer Flick
177 Russ Ford
178 Ed Foster
179 Jerry Freeman
180 John Frill
181 Charlie Fritz
182 Art Fromme
183 Chick Gandil
184 Bob Ganley
185 John Ganzel
186 Harry Gasper
187 Rube Geyer
188 George Gibson
189 Billy Gilbert
190 Wilbur Goode (Good)
191 Bill Graham (St. Louis)
192 Peaches Graham (Boston)
193 Dolly Gray
194 Ed Greminger
195 Clark Griffith (Batting)
196 Clark Griffith (Portrait)
197 Moose Grimshaw
198 Bob Groom
199 Tom Guiheen
200 Ed Hahn
201 Bob Hall
202 Bill Hallman
203 Jack Hannifan (Hannifin)
204 Bill Hart (Little Rock)
205 Jimmy Hart (Montgomery)
206 Topsy Hartsel
207 Jack Hayden
208 J. Ross Helm
209 Charlie Hemphill
210 Buck Herzog (Boston)
211 Buck Herzog (New York)
212 Gordon Hickman
213 Bill Hinchman (Cleveland)
214 Harry Hinchman (Toledo)
215 Dick Hoblitzell
216 Danny Hoffman (St Louis)
217 Izzy Hoffman (Providence)
218 Solly Hofman
219 Bock Hooker
220 Del Howard (Chicago)
221 Ernie Howard (Savannah)
222 Harry Howell (Hand At Waist)
223 Harry Howell (Portrait)
224 Miller Huggins (Hand At Mouth)
225 Miller Huggins (Portrait)
226 Rudy Hulswitt
227 John Hummel
228 George Hunter
229 Frank Isbell
230 Fred Jacklitsch
231 Jimmy Jackson
232 Hughie Jennings (One Hand Showing)
233 Hughie Jennings (Both Hands Showing)
234 Hughie Jennings (Portrait)
235 Walter Johnson (Pitching)
236 Walter Johnson (Portrait)
237 Fielder Jones (Chicago) (Hands At Hip)
238 Fielder Jones (Chicago) (Portrait)
239 Davy Jones (Detroit)
240 Tom Jones (St Louis)
241 Dutch Jordan (Atlanta)
242 Tim Jordan (Brooklyn) (Batting)
243 Tim Jordan (Brooklyn) (Portrait)
244 Addie Joss (Pitching)
245 Addie Joss (Portrait)
246 Ed Karger
247 Willie Keeler (Portrait)
248 Willie Keeler (Batting)
249 Joe Kelley
250 J.F. Kiernan
251 Ed Killian (Pitching)
252 Ed Killian (Portrait)
253 Frank King
254 Rube Kisinger (Kissinger)
255 Red Kleinow (Boston)
256 Red Kleinow (New York) (Catching)
257 Red Kleinow (New York) (With Bat)
258 Johnny Kling
259 Otto Knabe
260 Jack Knight (Portrait)
261 Jack Knight (With Bat)
262 Ed Konetchy (Glove Above Head)
263 Ed Konetchy (Glove Near Ground)
264 Harry Krause (Pitching)
265 Harry Krause (Portrait)
266 Rube Kroh
267 Otto Krueger
268 James Lafitte
269 Nap Lajoie (Portrait)
270 Nap Lajoie (Throwing)
271 Nap Lajoie (With Bat)
272 Joe Lake (New York)
273 Joe Lake (S..t Louis) (Ball In Hand)
274 Joe Lake (St. Louis) (No Ball In Hand)
275 Frank LaPorte
276 Arlie Latham
277 Bill Lattimore
278 Jimmy Lavender
279 Tommy Leach (Bending Over)
280 Tommy Leach (Portrait)
281 Lefty Leifield (Batting)
282 Lefty Leifield (Pitching)
283 Ed Lennox
284 Harry Lentz (Sentz)
285 Glenn Liebhardt
286 Vive Lindaman
287 Perry Lipe
288 Paddy Livingstone (Livingston)
289 Hans Lobert
290 Harry Lord
291 Harry Lumley
292 Carl Lundgren (Chicago)
293 Carl Lundgren (Kansas City)
294 Nick Maddox
295 Sherry Magee (Magie)
296 Sherry Magee (Portrait)
297 Sherry Magee (With Bat)
298 Bill Malarkey
299 Billy Maloney
300 George Manion
301 Rube Manning (Batting)
302 Rube Manning (Pitching)
303 Rube Marquard (Hands At Thighs)
304 Rube Marquard (Pitching Follow Through)
305 Rube Marquard (Portrait)
306 Doc Marshall
307 Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap)
308 Christy Mathewson (Portrait)
309 Christy Mathewson (White Cap)
310 Al Mattern
311 John McAleese
312 George McBride
313 Pat McCauley
314 Moose McCormick
315 Pryor McElveen
316 Dan McGann
317 Jim McGinley
318 Joe McGinnity
319 Stoney McGlynn
320 John McGraw (Finger In Air)
321 John McGraw (Glove At Hip)
322 John McGraw (Portrait No Cap)
323 John McGraw (Portrait With Cap)
324 Harry McIntyre (Brooklyn)
325 Harry McIntyre (Brooklyn & Chicago)
326 Matty McIntyre (Detriot)
327 Larry McLean
328 George McQuillan (Ball In Hand)
329 George McQuillan (With Bat)
330 Fred Merkle (Portrait)
331 Fred Merkle (Throwing)
332 George Merritt
333 Chief Meyers
334 Clyde Milan
335 Dots Miller (Pittsburgh)
336 Molly Miller (Dallas)
337 Bill Milligan
338 Fred Mitchell (Toronto)
339 Mike Mitchell (Cincinnati)
340 Dan Moeller
341 Carlton Molesworth
342 Herbie Moran (Providence)
343 Pat Moran (Chicago)
344 George Moriarty
345 Mike Mowrey
346 Dom Mullaney
347 George Mullen (Mullin)
348 George Mullin (Throwing)
349 George Mullin (With Bat)
350 Danny Murphy (Batting)
351 Danny Murphy (Throwing)
352 Red Murray (Batting)
353 Red Murray (Portrait)
354 Chief Myers (Meyers) (Batting)
355 Chief Myers (Meyers) (Fielding)
356 Billy Nattress
357 Tom Needham
358 Simon Nicholls (Hands On Knees)
359 Simon Nichols (Nicholls) (Batting)
360 Harry Niles
361 Rebel Oakes
362 Frank Oberlin
363 Peter O'Brien
364 Bill O'Hara (New York)
365 Bill O'Hara (St. Louis)
366 Rube Oldring (Batting)
367 Rube Oldring (Fielding)
368 Charley O'Leary (Hands On Knees)
369 Charley O'Leary (Portrait)
370 William O'Neal
371 Al Orth
372 William Otey
373 Orval Overall (Hand Face Level)
374 Orval Overall (Hands At Waist Level)
375 Orval Overall (Portrait)
376 Frank Owen
377 Pat Paige
378 Freddy Parent
379 Dode Paskert
380 Jim Pastorius
381 Harry Pattee
382 Billy Payne
383 Barney Pelty (Horizontal Photo)
384 Barney Pelty (Vertical Photo)
385 Hub Perdue
386 George Perring
387 Arch Persons
388 Francis Pfeffer
389 Jake Pfeister (Pfiester) (Seated)
390 Jake Pfeister (Pfiester) (Throwing)
391 Jimmy Phelan
392 Ed Phelps
393 Deacon Phillippe
394 Ollie Pickering
395 Eddie Plank
396 Phil Poland
397 Jack Powell
398 Mike Powers
399 Billy Purtell
400 Ambrose Puttmann
401 Lee Quillen (Quillin)
402 Jack Quinn
403 Newt Randall
404 Bugs Raymond
405 Ed Reagan
406 Ed Reulbach (Glove Showing)
407 Ed Reulbach (No Glove Showing)
408 Dutch Revelle
409 Bob Rhoades (Rhoads) (Hand At Chest)
410 Bob Rhoades (Rhoads) (Right Arm Extended)
411 Charlie Rhodes
412 Claude Ritchey
413 Lew Ritter
414 Ike Rockenfeld
415 Claude Rossman
416 Nap Rucker (Portrait)
417 Nap Rucker (Throwing)
418 Dick Rudolph
419 Ray Ryan
420 Germany Schaefer (Detroit)
421 Germany Schaefer (Washington)
422 George Schirm
423 Larry Schlafly
424 Admiral Schlei (Batting)
425 Admiral Schlei (Catching)
426 Admiral Schlei (Portrait)
427 Boss Schmidt (Portrait)
428 Boss Schmidt (Throwing)
429 Ossee Schreckengost
430 Frank Schulte (Front View)
431 Frank Schulte (Back View)
432 Jim Scott
433 Charles Seitz
434 Cy Seymour (Batting)
435 Cy Seymour (Portrait)
436 Cy Seymour (Throwing)
437 Spike Shannon
438 Bud Sharpe
439 Shag Shaughnessy
440 Al Shaw (St Louis)
441 Hunky Shaw (Providence)
442 Jimmy Sheckard (Glove Showing)
443 Jimmy Sheckard (No Glove Showing)
444 Bill Shipke
445 Jimmy Slagle
446 Carlos Smith (Shreveport)
447 Frank Smith (Chicago F Smith On Front)
448 Frank Smith (Chicago White Cap)
449 Frank Smith (Chicago & Boston)
450 Happy Smith (Brooklyn)
451 Heinie Smith (Buffalo)
452 Sid Smith (Atlanta)
453 Fred Snodgrass (Batting)
454 Fred Snodgrass (Catching)
455 Bob Spade
456 Tris Speaker
457 Tubby Spencer
458 Jake Stahl (Glove Shows)
459 Jake Stahl (No Glove Shows)
460 Oscar Stanage
461 Dolly Stark
462 Charlie Starr
463 Harry Steinfeldt (Portrait)
464 Harry Steinfeldt (With Bat)
465 Jim Stephens
466 George Stone
467 George Stovall (Batting)
468 George Stovall (Portrait)
469 Sam Strang
470 Gabby Street (Catching)
471 Gabby Street (Portrait)
472 Billy Sullivan
473 Ed Summers
474 Bill Sweeney (Boston)
475 Jeff Sweeney (New York)
476 Jesse Tannehill (Washington)
477 Lee Tannehill (Chicago L. Tannehill On Front)
478 Lee Tannehill (Chicago Tannehill On Front)
479 Wiley Taylor
480 Fred Tenney
481 Tony Thebo
482 Jake Thielman
483 Ira Thomas
484 Woodie Thornton
485 Joe Tinker (Bat Off Shoulder)
486 Joe Tinker (Bat On Shoulder)
487 Joe Tinker (Hands On Knees)
488 Joe Tinker (Portrait)
489 John Titus
490 Terry Turner
491 Bob Unglaub
492 Juan Violat (Viola)
493 Rube Waddell (Portrait)
494 Rube Waddell (Throwing)
495 Heinie Wagner (Bat On Left Shoulder)
496 Heinie Wagner (Bat On Right Shoulder)
497 Honus Wagner
498 Bobby Wallace
499 Ed Walsh
500 Jack Warhop
501 Jake Weimer
502 James Westlake
503 Zack Wheat
504 Doc White (Chicago Pitching)
505 Doc White (Chicago Portrait)
506 Foley White (Houston)
507 Jack White (Buffalo)
508 Kaiser Wilhelm (Hands At Chest)
509 Kaiser Wilhelm (With Bat)
510 Ed Willett
511 Ed Willetts (Willett)
512 Jimmy Williams
513 Vic Willis (Pittsburg)
514 Vic Willis (Throwing)
515 Vic Willis (With Bat)
516 Chief Wilson
517 Hooks Wiltse (Pitching)
518 Hooks Wiltse (Portrait No Cap)
519 Hooks Wiltse (Portrait With Cap)
520 Lucky Wright
521 Cy Young (Cleveland) (Glove Shows)
522 Cy Young (Cleveland) (Bare Hand Shows)
523 Cy Young (Cleveland) (Portrait)
524 Irv Young (Minneapolis)
525 Heinie Zimmerman

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