1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Cards

1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Cards



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1912 T227 Series of Champions is technically a multi-sport release given that baseball players only occupy four spots in the checklist. However, those four names, led by Ty Cobb, are all Hall of Fame inductees and largely overshadow the remaining subjects. The rich colors and larger size of T227 produces a captivating card design that maintains high regard and value with collectors.

The T227 Series of Champions set includes participants from a wide mix of sports and athletic events. In addition to baseball, other sports represented in the colorful set include boxing, billiards, golf, various racing sports, track & field, swimming, wrestling and aviation.

1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Ty Cobb1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Richard Rube Marquard

On the larger side for tobacco cards at 2-5/16" by 3-3/8", T227 Series of Champions cards are not far off from the modern card sizing. Card fronts showcase a detailed lithograph of each subject, complete with a bright background. A white border frames the card and evokes the feel of a large T206 example. Finally, the subject's name is noted in the top-right corner on the vertical cards and is found in either top corner for the horizontal cards. While most cards have simple backgrounds, the non-traditional sports subjects, like Dixie IV and Uhlan, have more elaborate backgrounds.

1912 T227 Series of Champions Dixie IV Boat Racing

The T227 Series of Champions make good use of the larger card size with a lengthy bio for each subject. A tobacco ad is found below the stats and information, and is available from Honest Long Cut Chew or Miners Extra Smoking Tobacco. The Miners Extra cards are notable because T227 is the only baseball release issued by the company. Several blank backs have also emerged but the general consensus is that they were cut from an advertising display.

1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Ty Cobb back1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Richard Rube Marquard back

As referenced above, baseball reigns supreme in 1912 T227 Series of Champions. In addition to Ty Cobb, the Hall of Fame options include Home Run Baker, Chief Bender and Rube Marquard. Outside of the baseball subjects, boxers (pugilists) are next in popularity for the T227 set, including a card for Jack Johnson, the former world heavyweight boxing champion. Although the backs note 25 designs, the checklist total sits at 24 cards. Many collectors believe the final card will eventually be uncovered.

Part of what makes the T227 Series of Champions set less intriguing to collectors is that there are simply not many high grade example to chase. This is because the cards were originally found in tobacco pouches with no protection, exposing it to considerable wear and staining. As a result, many T227 cards were already in poor condition when they were first pulled.

Top eBay Listings

1912 T227 #1 MIN Home Run Baker (Miner's Extra) SGC 2 Y4940
$930.00

1912 T227 #9 MIN Jack Johnson (Miner's Extra) SGC 2 Y4975
$1,120.00

1912 T227 Miner's Extra Ty Cobb SGC 30 = 2
$2,995.00

1912 T227 Abe Attell (Miner's Extra)
$150.00

1912 T227 Series Of Champions Boxing Jack Johnson Pugilist Honest Cut PSA 1 Poor
$284.99

Ty Cobb 1912 T227 Series of Champions #3 BVG 1.5
$1,950.00

1912 Miner's Extra T227, Ad Wolgast Boxing Card Scg Graded 1.5
$300.00

1912 Miner's Extra T227 Richard Marquard SGC 10 1
$525.00

1912 T227 #1 HLC Home Run Baker (Honest Long Cut) FAIR Y1346
$435.00

1912 T227 #23 HLC Matt McGrath (Honest Long Cut) POOR Y1347
$75.00

1912 T227 #21 MIN Harold Hilton Miner's Extra POOR A24
$200.00

1912 T227 #24 MIN Melvin Sheppard Miner's Extra POOR A22
$200.00

1912 T227 #8 MIN Frank Klaus Miner's Extra FAIR A20
$200.00

1912 T227 Series of Champions Jack McDermott Golf PSA 1 Graded
$149.50

1912 T227 Series of Champions Ty Cobb "Honest Long Cut" SGC 10 = 1
$2,095.00

1912 T227 Series of Champions Ty Cobb PSA 1
$1,349.00
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Key Cards

Key 1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Cards

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Ty Cobb

1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Ty Cobb

"Home Run" Baker

1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Home Run Baker

"Chief" Bender

1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Chief Bender

Richard "Rube" Marquard

1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Richard Rube Marquard

Jack Johnson

1912 T227 Series of Champions Jack Johnson

Top eBay Listings

1912 T227 #1 MIN Home Run Baker (Miner's Extra) SGC 2 Y4940
$930.00

1912 T227 #9 MIN Jack Johnson (Miner's Extra) SGC 2 Y4975
$1,120.00

1912 T227 Miner's Extra Ty Cobb SGC 30 = 2
$2,995.00

1912 Miner's Extra T227 Richard Marquard SGC 10 1
$525.00

1912 T227 Series of Champions Ty Cobb "Honest Long Cut" SGC 10 = 1
$2,095.00

1912 T227 #9 MIN Jack Johnson (Miner's Extra) SGC 1.5 U3828
$780.00

1912 T227 #9 MIN Jack Johnson (Miner's Extra) SGC 1 U3829
$510.00

Set Checklist

1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Set Checklist

The cards are grouped by sport.
1912 T227 Series of Champions Baseball Ty Cobb1912 T227 Series of Champions Jack Johnson
Baseball
Home Run Baker - Baseball
Chief Bender - Baseball
Ty Cobb - Baseball
Richard Marquard - Baseball
Billiards
Alfred De Oro - Billiards
Willie Hoppe - Billiards
Boxing
Abe Attell - Pugilist
Johnny Coulon - Pugilist
Jack Johnson - Pugilist
Frank Klaus - Pugilist
Adolph Wolgast - Pugilist
Golf
Harold H. Hilton - Golf
Jack McDermott - Golf
Racing (Horse/Car/Boat)
Bruce Brown - Car Racing
Ralph Mulford - Car Racing
Ess H. Kay - Horse Racing
Uhlan (horse) - Horse Racing
Dixie IV (boat) - Motorboat Racing
Track & Field
W.J. Kramer - Runner
Matt Mcgrath - Weight Thrower
Melvin W. Sheppard - Runner
Other
C.P. Rodgers - Aviator
Budd Goodwin - Swimming
C. Zbyszko - Wrestler

Top eBay Listings

1912 T227 Series Of Champions Boxing Jack Johnson Pugilist Honest Cut PSA 1 Poor
$284.99

1912 T227 Series of Champions Jack McDermott Golf PSA 1 Graded
$149.50

1912 T227 Series of Champions Ty Cobb PSA 1
$1,349.00

1912 T227 #23 MIN Matt McGrath Miner's Extra PSA 2 Y34
$250.00

1912 T227 #18 MIN Dixie Iv (Miner's Extra) PSA 3 U7714
$600.00

1912 T227 #6 MIN Abe Attell (Miner's Extra) PSA 3 U7712
$600.00

1912 T227 #20 MIN Uhlan (Miner's Extra) PSA 3 U7713
$600.00

1912 T227 #24 MIN Melvin Sheppard (Miner's Extra) PSA 3 U7709
$460.00

1912 T227 #6 MIN Abe Attell (Miner's Extra) PSA 2 U7987
$460.00

1912 T227 #24 MIN Melvin Sheppard Miner's Extra PSA 2 U28
$380.00


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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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