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1911 T205 Baseball Cards

1911 T205 Baseball Cards

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Known for its distinctive look, the 1911 T205 Baseball set can broken down into three separate sets because it has different designs for American League, National League and minor league cards.

In the end, however, the T205 cards are forever linked thanks to the gold leaf border.

1911 T205 Baseball Set Details

Covering the largest percentage of the 1911 T205 Baseball checklist with over half the cards, American League players are shown inside a diamond-shaped frame, along with a baseball, two bats, a catcher's glove and mask. A banner featuring the player's name and team city appears below the picture, while a logo and team name appear in an upper corner.

Coming in at a total that is slightly less than the American League players, the National League cards are given larger portrait shots and their edges blend into the card's solid background. They also have a team name and logo in the upper corner, but a facsimile autograph appears below the photo in place of a printed name. This marked the first time a replica signature was found in a major card set.

Minor league inclusions are the smallest group and feature a more elaborate design, including columns and other elements to frame a three-quarter length picture. All three designs are surrounded by a frame of gold which is very prone to chipping. This puts a considerable premium on high grades. The 1911 T205 Baseball cards measure roughly 1-7/16" by 2-5/8".

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While the cards feature three different front designs, all 1911 T205 Baseball cards largely feature the same back design. T205 cards are among the first sets to feature biographical write-ups and statistics, staples of later baseball card issues, on the back. The player's full name also appears at the top. At the very bottom is an advertisement for one of the 11 cigarette brands from the American Tobacco Company that used the cards in their packages.

1911 T205 Baseball Ad Backs Rarity Breakdown

The brands are (in order of scarcity, from common to rare):

  • Piedmont
  • Sweet Caporal
  • Polar Bear
  • Hassan
  • Sovereign
  • Honest Long Cut
  • Cycle
  • American Beauty
  • Broad Leaf
  • Hindu
  • Drum
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Collectors may elect to complete a type set featuring an example for each advertisement back, but those seeking a tougher chase can look further into the differences which amount to 17 total back variations. Piedmont cards have either a Factory 25 or 42 marking. Sweet Caporal is available in Factory 25 or 42 with black ink. Sweet Caporal is also found with Factory 42 in red. Hassan cards mention either Factory 30 or 649. American Beauty backs appear with either black or green ink, as does Broad Leaf. There have also been some proofs with blank backs uncovered.

In all, there are 198 subjects that make up the basic T205 Baseball set. However, multiple cards and poses for several players push the amount to 208 cards in the master set. Variations involving both the front designs and the text on the back add to that total, which many collectors try to complete as well. The Dick Hoblitzell variation that does not include stats on the back is the most elusive card in the set.

Although some chose to omit the twelve minor league cards due to their relative scarcity, they are considered to be part of the 1911 T205 Baseball checklist. The minor league subjects are found only with Hassan or Polar Bear backs.


Key Cards

Key T205 Baseball Cards

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Ty Cobb

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Christy Mathewson

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Cy Young

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Walter Johnson

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Addie Joss

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Set Checklist

1911 T205 Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

198 subjects.
The cards are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
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Ed Abbaticchio - Boston Rustlers
Doc Adkins - Baltimore Orioles
Leon Ames - New York Giants
Jimmy Archer - Chicago Cubs
Jimmy Austin - New York Yankees
Bill Bailey - St. Louis Browns
Home Run Baker - Philadelphia Athletics
Neal Ball - Cleveland Naps
E.B. Barger - Brooklyn Dodgers
Jack Barry - Philadelphia Athletics
Emil Batch - Rochester Bronchos
Johnny Bates - Philadelphia Phillies
Fred Beck - Boston Rustlers
Beals Becker - New York Giants
George Bell - Brooklyn Dodgers
Chief Bender - Philadelphia Athletics
Bill Bergen - Brooklyn Dodgers
Bob Bescher - Cincinnati Reds
Joe Birmingham - Cleveland Naps
Lena Blackburne - Chicago White Sox
William E. Bransfield - Philadelphia Phillies
Roger Bresnahan - St. Louis Cardinals
Al Bridwell - New York Giants
Mordecai Brown - Chicago Cubs
Bobby Byrne - Pittsburgh Pirates
Hick Cady - Newark Indians
Howie Camnitz - Pittsburgh Pirates
Bill Carrigan - Boston Red Sox
Frank Chance - Chicago Cubs
Hal Chase - New York Yankees
Eddie Cicotte - Boston Red Sox
Fred Clarke - Pittsburgh Pirates
Ty Cobb - Detroit Tigers
Eddie Collins - Philadelphia Athletics
Jimmy Collins - Providence Grays
Frank J. Corridon - St. Louis Cardinals
Otis Crandall - New York Giants
Lou Criger - New York Yankees
Bill Dahlen - Brooklyn Dodgers
Jake Daubert - Brooklyn Dodgers
Jim Delehanty - Detroit Tigers
Arthur Devlin - New York Giants
Josh Devore - New York Giants
W.R. Dickson - New York Giants
Jiggs Donahue - Chicago White Sox
Red Dooin - Philadelphia Phillies
Mickey Doolan - Philadelphia Phillies
Patsy Dougherty - Chicago White Sox
Tom Downey - Cincinnati Reds
Larry Doyle - New York Giants
Hugh Duffy - Chicago White Sox
Jack Dunn - Baltimore Orioles
Jimmy Dygert - Philadelphia Athletics
Dick Egan - Cincinnati Reds
Kid Elberfeld - Washington Senators
Clyde Engle - Boston Red Sox
Louis Evans - St. Louis Cardinals
Johnny Evers - Chicago Cubs
Bob Ewing - Philadelphia Phillies
George Ferguson - Boston Rustlers
Ray Fisher - New York Yankees
Art Fletcher - New York Giants
John Flynn - Pittsburgh Pirates
Russ Ford - New York Yankees
Bill Foxen - Chicago Cubs
Jimmy Frick - Newark Indians
Art Fromme - Cincinnati Reds
Earle Gardner - New York Yankees
Harry Gaspar - Cincinnati Reds
George Gibson - Pittsburgh Pirates
Wilbur Good - Boston Rustlers
George Graham - Chicago Cubs
Eddie Grant - Cincinnati Reds
Dolly Gray - Washington Senators
Clark Griffith - Cincinnati Reds
Bob Groom - Washington Senators
Charlie Hanford - Jersey City Skeeters
Bob Harmon - St. Louis Cardinals
Topsy Hartsel - Philadelphia Athletics
Arnold J. Hauser - St. Louis Cardinals
Charlie Hemphill - New York Yankees
C.L. Herzog - Boston Rustlers
Dick Hoblitzell - Cincinnati Reds
Danny Hoffman - St. Louis Browns
Miller Huggins - St. Louis Cardinals
John Hummel - Brooklyn Dodgers
Fred Jacklitsch - Philadelphia Phillies
Hughie Jennings - Detroit Tigers
Walter Johnson - Washington Senators
Davy Jones - Detroit Tigers
Tom Jones - Detroit Tigers
Addie Joss - Cleveland Naps
Ed Karger - Boston Red Sox
Ed Killian - Detroit Tigers
Red Kleinow - Boston Red Sox
Johnny Kling - Chicago Cubs
John Knight - New York Yankees
Ed Konetchy - St. Louis Cardinals
Harry Krause - Philadelphia Athletics
Floyd M. Kroh - Chicago Cubs
Frank LaPorte - St. Louis Browns
Frank Lange - Chicago White Sox
Arlie Latham - New York Giants
Tommy Leach - Pittsburgh Pirates
Watty Lee - Newark Indians
Sam Leever - Pittsburgh Pirates
Lefty Leifield - Pittsburgh Pirates
Ed Lennox - Brooklyn Dodgers
Paddy Livingston - Philadelphia Athletics
Hans Lobert - Philadelphia Phillies
Bris Lord - Philadelphia Athletics
Harry Lord - Chicago White Sox
John C. Lush - St. Louis Cardinals
Nick Maddox - Pittsburgh Pirates
Sherry Magee - Philadelphia Phillies
Rube Marquard - New York Giants
Christy Mathewson - New York Giants
Al Mattern - Boston Rustlers
Sport McAllister - Newark Indians
George McBride - Washington Senators
Amby McConnell - Chicago White Sox
Pryor McElveen - Brooklyn Dodgers
John J. McGraw - New York Giants
Harry McIntyre - Chicago Cubs
Matty McIntyre - Chicago White Sox
Larry McLean - Cincinnati Reds
Fred Merkle - New York Giants
George Merritt - Buffalo Bisons
Chief Meyers - New York Giants
Clyde Milan - Washington Senators
Dots Miller - Pittsburgh Pirates
Mike Mitchell - Cincinnati Reds
Pat Moran - Philadelphia Phillies
George Moriarty - Detroit Tigers
George Mullin - Detroit Tigers
Danny Murphy - Philadelphia Athletics
Jack Murray - New York Giants
John Nee - Newark Indians
Tom Needham - Chicago Cubs
Rebel Oakes - St. Louis Cardinals
Rube Oldring - Philadelphia Athletics
Charley O'Leary - Detroit Tigers
Fred Olmstead - Chicago White Sox
Orval Overall - Chicago Cubs
Freddy Parent - Chicago White Sox
Dode Paskert - Philadelphia Phillies
Fred Payne - Chicago White Sox
Barney Pelty - St. Louis Browns
Jack Pfiester - Chicago Cubs
Jimmy Phelan - Providence Grays
Ed Phelps - St. Louis Cardinals
Deacon Phillippe - Pittsburgh Pirates
Jack Quinn - New York Yankees
Bugs Raymond - New York Giants
Ed Reulbach - Chicago Cubs
Lewis Richie - Chicago Cubs
John Rowan - Philadelphia Phillies
Nap Rucker - Brooklyn Dodgers
W.D. Scanlan - Brooklyn Dodgers
Germany Schaefer - Washington Senators
Admiral Schlei - New York Giants
Boss Schmidt - Detroit Tigers
Frank Schulte - Chicago Cubs
Jim Scott - Chicago White Sox
Bud Sharpe - Boston Rustlers
David Shean - Boston Rustlers
Jimmy Sheckard - Chicago Cubs
Hack Simmons - Detroit Tigers
Tony Smith - Brooklyn Dodgers
Fred Snodgrass - New York Giants
Tris Speaker - Boston Red Sox
Jake Stahl - Boston Red Sox
Oscar Stanage - Detroit Tigers
Harry Steinfeldt - Chicago Cubs
George Stone - St. Louis Browns
George Stovall - Cleveland Naps
Gabby Street - Washington Senators
George Suggs - Cincinnati Reds
Ed Summers - Detroit Tigers
Jeff Sweeney - New York Yankees
Lee Tannehill - Chicago White Sox
Ira Thomas - Philadelphia Athletics
Joe Tinker - Chicago Cubs
John Titus - Philadelphia Phillies
Terry Turner - Cleveland Naps
James Vaughn - New York Yankees
Heinie Wagner - Boston Red Sox
Bobby Wallace - St. Louis Browns
Ed Walsh - Chicago White Sox
Zack Wheat - Brooklyn Dodgers
Doc White - Chicago White Sox
Kirby White - Pittsburgh Pirates
Kaiser Wilhelm - Brooklyn Dodgers
Ed Willett - Detroit Tigers
Chief Wilson - Pittsburgh Pirates
Hooks Wiltse - New York Giants
Harry Wolter - New York Yankees
Cy Young - Cleveland Naps


Base Variations Set Checklist


E.B. Barger - full "B" on hat
E.B. Barger - partial "B" on hat
Roger Bresnahan - mouth closed
Roger Bresnahan - mouth open
Hal Chase - gold diamond frame ends below shoulders
Hal Chase - gold diamond frame ends at shoulders
Eddie Collins - mouth closed
Eddie Collins - mouth open
Otis Crandall - "t" in name is crossed
Otis Crandall - "t" in name not crossed
Patsy Dougherty - Sox sock icon filled with red
Patsy Dougherty - Sox sock icon filled with white
Russ Ford - black cap
Russ Ford - white cap
Dolly Gray - no stats on back
Dolly Gray - stats on back
Bob Harmon - shows both ears
Bob Harmon - shows left ear
Dick Hoblitzell - no stats on back
Dick Hoblitzell - "Cin." listed after 1908 in stats
Dick Hoblitzell - name incorrectly listed as "Hobitzel"
Dick Hoblitzell - "Cin." not listed after 1908
Arlie Latham - Listed as A. Latham on back
Arlie Latham - Listed as W.A. Latham on back
Lefty Leifield - Listed as A. Leifield on front
Lefty Leifield - Listed as A. P. Leifield on front
Christy Mathewson - W/L record on back shows "37-1" instead of "37-11"
Pat Moran - no line under stats
Pat Moran - line under stats
Bobby Wallace - one line of 1910 stats
Bobby Wallace - two lines of 1910 stats
Irwin K. Wilhelm - missing letter "r" in suffered
Hooks Wiltse - shows both ears
Hooks Wiltse - shows left ear

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