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1909 T204 Ramly Baseball Cards

1909 T204 Ramly Baseball Cards

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Considered by some hobbyists to be one of the more elaborate and distinctive card sets of the early-20th century, 1909 T204 Ramly Baseball cards are clearly a relic of the Gilded Age that produced them. In that respect, it is one set from the pre-World War I era that definitely looks the part.

Ramly was the name of a cigarette brand that has an interesting story. During the period where Turkish tobacco was becoming big, one of the many popular Arabian brand names was Ramleh, which was a big seller. The Mentor Company of Boston, Massachusetts introduced a new brand called Ramly to capitalize on that. As a result, the company that made Ramleh cigarettes had to reverse the order of the letters to Helmar due to their impacted sales.

1909 T204 Ramly Baseball card fronts showcase a player portrait in an oval frame. The card itself measures 2" x 2-1/2". One main feature is an elaborate gold embossed design that really makes the card stand out. The player's name, team name and position appear below the picture. Card backs contain cigarette brand advertising.

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While it is most commonly associated with T204 cards, Ramly was not the only cigarette brand that included the ornate cards in their packages. T.T.T., another brand from Mentor Company, featured 1909 T204 Ramly Baseball cards as well. However, the TTT back advertisement is quite scarce and was only extended to a portion of the checklist.

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There are 121 cards in the 1909 T204 Ramly Baseball card set, and six cards, inclduing John Anderson, Frank Bancroft, William Bransfield, Jesse Burkett, William Dineen and Pat Moran, can also be found with square frames. Those variations are incredibly tough to find and feature blank backs.

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Without question, Walter Johnson is the key card in the set and the T204 release is considered by many to be the home of his true rookie card. While there are other Hall of Fame players included, the checklist is the one area where 1909 T204 Ramly Baseball appears to come up short. Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Sam Crawford are just a few of the notable omissions and part of the reason that the set is not viewed in higher regard across the hobby.

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Key Cards

Key T204 Ramly Baseball Cards

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Walter Johnson

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Eddie Plank

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Eddie Collins

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Willie Keeler

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Frank Chance

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Set Checklist

1909 T204 Ramly Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

The cards are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Card Back Variations: TTT

Whitey Alperman
John Anderson
Jimmy Archer
Frank Arellanes
Jim Ball
Neal Ball
Frank C. Bancroft
Johnny Bates
Fred Beebe
George Bell
Chief Bender
Walter Blair
Cliff Blankenship
Frank Bowerman
Wm. Bransfield
Roger Bresnahan
Al Bridwell
Mordicai Brown
Fred Burchell
Jesse C. Burkett
Bobby Byrne
Bill Carrigan
Frank Chance
Charlie Chech
Ed Cicotte
Otis Clymer
Andy Coakley
Ed Collins
Jimmy Collins
Wid Conroy
Jack Coombs
Doc Crandall
Lou Criger
Harry Davis
Art Devlin
Wm. H. Dinneen
Pat Donahue
Mike Donlin
Wild Bill Donovan
Gus Dorner
Joe Dunn
Kid Elberfeld
Johnny Evers
Bob Ewing
Cecil Ferguson
Hobe Ferris
Jerry Freeman
Art Fromme
Bob Ganley
Doc Gessler
Peaches Graham
Clark Griffith
Roy Hartzell
Charlie Hemphill
Dick Hoblitzel
Geo. Howard
Harry Howell
Miller Huggins
John Hummel
Walter Johnson
Thomas Jones
Mike Kahoe
Ed Kargar
Wee Willie Keeler
Red Kleinow
Jack Knight
Ed Konetchey
Vive Lindaman
Hans Lobert
Harry Lord
Harry Lumley
Johnny Lush
Rube Manning
Jimmy McAleer
Amby McConnell
Moose McCormick
Harry McIntyre
Larry McLean
Fred Merkle
Clyde Milan
Mike Mitchell
P. J. Moran
Cy Morgan
T. H. Murnane
Danny Murphy
Red Murray
Doc Newton
Simon Nicholls
Harry Niles
Bill O'Hara
Charley O'Leary
Dode Paskert
Barney Pelty
Jake Pfeister
Ed Plank
Jack Powell
Bugs Raymond
Tom Reilly
Claude Ritchey
Nap Rucker
Ed Reulbach
Slim Sallee
Germany Schaefer
Jimmy Sheckard
Admiral Schlei
Wildfire Schulte
Jimmy Sebring
Bill Shipke
Charlie Smith
Tubby Spencer
Jake Stahl
Jim Stephens
Harry Steinfeldt
Gabby Street
Bill Sweeney
Fred Tenney
Ira Thomas
Joe Tinker
Bob Unglaub
Heinie Wagner
Bobby Wallace
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Base Square Frame Variations Set Checklist

6 cards

John Anderson
Frank Bancroft
William Bransfield
Jesse Burkett
William Dineen
Pat Moran
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