1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Cards

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Cards



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One of the less-collected T-series releases, the 1911 T208 Fireside Baseball set showcases only the Philadelphia Athletics and is not in great supply. While the minimal options and overall rarity keep it from having a larger amount of hobby interest, the T208 cards maintain strong values.

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball cards were inserted individually inside packages of Cullivan's Fireside scrap tobacco. The Thomas Cullivan Company was a small tobacco business in Syracuse, New York. It's likely the distribution didn't reach far beyond the city as T208 cards are among the scarcest of all the mainstream T-series cards. The fact that Jefferson Burdick (author of the American Card Catalog) grew up in Syracuse and was a child at that time probably accounts for the reason the cards were catalogued in the first place.

Featuring only 18 cards, the 1911 T208 Fireside Baseball set commemorates the 1910 World Series champion Philadelphia Athletics. Every card covers a member of that title team, including most of the key players and manager Connie Mack. In all, T208 features five Hall of Fame players.

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Eddie Plank1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Card Back

T208 cards measure the same size as most tobacco cards of the time (1-1/2" by 2-5/8") and include a similar design the the vaunted T206s with a white border around the card. However, there are several key differences. The words "World's Champions 1910" appear above each player and the outline of an elephant can be seen on each player's jersey. Also, the ink used for the last name and Athletics team name is blue. Card backs feature an advertisement for Cullivan's Fireside tobacco, with Athletics Series printed above it. At the bottom is the Syracuse street address for Cullivan's factory.1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Cy Morgan Bowcock

Although the T208 cards are scarce, the images may look familiar as the pictures and players from the 1911 T208 Fireside Baseball set are also used in both the E104-1 and D359 Williams Baking cards. These cards aren't nearly as tough to track down as Fireside cards but can cause some confusion with newer collectors. However, each set can be properly identified by the advertising on card backs.

While there are not any known variations, one of the 1911 T208 Fireside Baseball cards long thought to feature Cy Morgan is now believed to be a case of mistaken identity. Instead of featuring Morgan, the image reportedly showcases Benny Bowcock and was uncovered by SABR in the July 2013 issue of their newsletter Reflecting The Past. This is especially surprising since Bowcock's only MLB experience was 14 games with the St. Louis Browns in 1903 and he was actually in the minors when the Athletics won the title.

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1911 T208 Cullivan's Fireside Cy Morgan - SGC 50 VG EX 4
$5,250.00

IRA THOMAS 1911 D359 WILLIAMS BAKING SGC 30 2
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1911 D359 Williams Baking Topsy Hartsel SGC
$725.00

1910 E104 Nadja Ira Thomas World Champions SGC
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JACK LAPP 1911 D359 WILLIAMS BAKING PSA 4!!
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1910 D73 Rochester Baking MAIL OF ALL NATIONS (related to D359) -Mail In Austria
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1910 D73 Rochester Baking MAIL OF ALL NATIONS (related to D359) -Mail In Italy
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1911 T208 CULLIVAN'S FIRESIDE HARRY DAVIS PSA 3.5 VERY RARE ATHLETICS
$6,499.99

1911 D359 Rochester Baking Lapp SGC 10-1
$472.56

1911 D359 WILLIAMS BAKING #9 JACK LAPP PSA 1 RARE
$450.00

1910 E104-I Eddie Collins World's Champions SGC 20 FAIR 1.5
$2,000.00

1910 E104-1 Nadja Caramels Harry Krause Blank Back SGC
$1,595.00

1911 T208 Cullivan's Fireside Rube Oldring SGC Graded RARE!
$999.99

1910 E104-I NADJA JACK BARRY PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS-BLANK BACK PSA 3 VG TOBACCO
$599.99

1910 E104-I NADJA IRA THOMAS PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS-BLANK BACK PSA 3 VG TOBACCO
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1910 E104-I NADJA HARRY DAVI PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS-BLANK PSA 4 VG-EX TOBACCO
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Key Cards

Key T208 Fireside Baseball Cards

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Eddie Plank

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Eddie Plank

Connie Mack

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Connie Mack

Eddie Collins

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Eddie Collins

Chief Bender

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Chief Bender

Home Run Baker

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Home Run Baker

Top eBay Listings

1911 T208 Cullivan's Fireside Cy Morgan - SGC 50 VG EX 4
$5,250.00

1911 T208 CULLIVAN'S FIRESIDE HARRY DAVIS PSA 3.5 VERY RARE ATHLETICS
$6,499.99

1911 T208 Cullivan's Fireside Rube Oldring SGC Graded RARE!
$999.99

Set Checklist

1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Base Set Checklist

The cards are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Home Run Baker
Jack Barry
Chief Bender
Eddie Collins
Harry Davis
Jimmy Dygert
Topsy Hartsel
Harry Krause
Jack Lapp
Paddy Livingstone
Bris Lord
Connie Mack
Cy Morgan
Danny Murphy
Rube Oldring
Eddie Plank
Amos Strunk
Ira Thomas
1911 T208 Fireside Baseball Connie Mack

Top eBay Listings

1911 T208 Cullivan's Fireside Cy Morgan - SGC 50 VG EX 4
$5,250.00

1911 T208 CULLIVAN'S FIRESIDE HARRY DAVIS PSA 3.5 VERY RARE ATHLETICS
$6,499.99

1911 T208 Cullivan's Fireside Rube Oldring SGC Graded RARE!
$999.99


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