1887-1929 Baseball Cards
This lengthy period, early in the history of baseball cards, features some of the oldest, rarest and most valuable baseball cards in collecting history. The top option for collectors is T206. These incredibly valuable cards are lead by Honus Wagner and his popular card. Despite altering controversies about the top graded Honus Wagner card in existence, these are the definition of the “holy grail” of card collecting.
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One of the all-time great sets in the hobby, 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Baseball helped inspire one of the modern hobby’s most popular brands. Besides baseball players, the classic set also has athletes from other sports.
1909 T204 Ramly Baseball cards feature an intricate design and a key early option for Walter Johnson. T.T.T. backs and Square Frame variations add even more rarity to the 121-card base set.
Featuring the most valuable card in existence, 1909-11 T206 Baseball is considered the greatest vintage set of all-time by many collectors. The famed T206 Honus Wagner card is the key card in the release but there is much more available to collectors in the massive set.
Part of a large minor league set released over three years, 1909-11 T212 Obak Baseball cards are some of the most popular Pacific Coast League cards for collectors. Key cards include Chick Gandil, Buck Weaver and Ten Million.
Officially an early part of the T209 set, 1910 T209 Contentnea First Series Baseball is a color release that features 16 minor league players from the Carolina Association and Eastern Carolina League.
1910 T209 Contentnea Photo Series Baseball is technically the second series of T209, but the black-and-white cards share very little with the First Series release. Featuring over 220 minor league cards, the set is quite tough to complete.
An expansive southern minor league set, 1910 T210 Old Mill Baseball includes 640 cards for multiple leagues and teams. Best known for their bright red borders, key T210 Old Mill Baseball cards include Shoeless Joe Jackson and Casey Stengel.
Known for its green border design, 1910 T211 Red Sun Baseball highlights minor league players from the Southern Association. Although the obscure checklist is not anchored by any stars, T211 remains one of the toughest tobacco products to track down.
Originally found as a promotion in a sports newspaper, 1910-11 M116 Sporting Life Baseball was released in multiple groups during 1910 and 1911. The attractive set features cards for several Hall of Fame players, including Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner.
T3 Turkey Red Baseball is considered by many to be one of the most attractive sets of all-time. The large cabinet cards offer an appealing canvas for many of the top players of the day, including Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Cy Young.
Closely resembling T206 cards, 1910-19 T213 Coupon Baseball was offered in three releases spread over a decade. Multiple Hall of Fame players bolster the limited regional set.
Offering collectors a vintage two-in-one shot, 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders Baseball cards contain two players and a folding system to allow either to be the primary image on the card. Key dual-player cards include Sam Crawford and Ty Cobb, as well as Johnny Evers and Frank Chance.
Collectors love gold and the vintage 1911 T205 Baseball set enhances the appeal with a strong lineup of Hall of Fame talent. Multiple variations and card back advertisements add up to a challenging chase for collectors.
1911 T208 Fireside Baseball is not as well known as other T-series sets, but the scarce release is very valuable and pays homage to the 1910 World Series champion Philadelphia Athletics.
Featuring minor league players from the Pacific Coast League, as well as leading actresses, the scarce 1911 T217 Mono Baseball set has the feel of an oddball set. Roger Peckinpaugh is the key name in the release.
1912 C46 Baseball was one of the earliest Canadian-issued sets to include only baseball players and stands out from other sets of the era based on its intricate design elements. The 90-card checklist features players from the International League and key options for Joe McGinnity and Joe Kelley.
Three’s not a crowd with 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders Baseball. The triple-panel release features several key vintage cards for Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.
While the brown-centered set missing several of the biggest names of the period has long divided collectors, 1912 T207 Baseball remains an appealing vintage release. Top cards include limited options for Louis Lowdermilk and Irving Lewis as well as multiple Hall of Fame players, including Tris Speaker and Walter Johnson.
A multi-sport set with a lot of collecting variety, 1912 T227 Series of Champions is still mostly about the baseball subjects. Led by Ty Cobb, the attractive designs found in T227 make it very popular with the vintage community.
1913 T200 Fatima Baseball cards were originally found via Fatima cigarette packages and remain an appealing choice for vintage collectors. The set features a detailed look at all 16 major league teams of the time.
1914 Cracker Jack Baseball is an all-time hobby classic. The vintage checklist includes baseball greats like Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Walter Johnson, as well as many other legends of the diamond.
Baseball players, track & field athletes and actors make 1914 T222 Fatima Baseball an eclectic vintage option. Key cards include Hall of Fame players Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander.
Similar to the previous year’s set, 1915 Cracker Jack Baseball remains very popular with vintage collectors. Because it’s more readily available, a greater number of collectors chase the complete set. Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Joe Jackson are some of the key cards.
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