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 cards are forever linked thanks to their gold leaf border.

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 appear 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 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. 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 base 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 set. The minor league subjects are found only with Hassan or Polar Bear backs.

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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

The cards are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Notations are included to distinguish cards for those players that have multiple options.

Edward J. Abbaticchio
Doc Adkins
Leon Ames
Jas. P. Archer
Jimmy Austin
Bill Bailey
Home Run Baker
Neal Ball
E. B Barger - straight cap
E. B Barger - angled cap
Jack Barry
Emil Batch
John W. Bates
Fred Beck
B. Becker
George Bell
Chas. Bender
William Bergen
Bob Bescher
Joe Birmingham
Lena Blackburne
William E. Bransfield
Roger P. Bresnahan - closed mouth
Roger P. Bresnahan - open mouth
A. H. Bridwell
Mordecai Brown
Robert Byrne
Hick Cady
H. Camnitz
Bill Carrigan
Frank Chance
Hal Chase - both ears visible
Hal Chase - only left ear visible
Ed Cicotte
Fred Clarke
Ty Cobb
Eddie Collins - closed mouth
Eddie Collins - open mouth
Jimmy Collins
Frank J. Corridon
Otis Crandall
Lou Criger
W. F. Dahlen
Jake Daubert
Jim Delehanty
Arthur Devlin
Josh Devore
W. R. Dickson
Jiggs Donohue
Chas. S. Dooin
Michael Doolan
Patsy Dougherty
Thomas Downey
Larry Doyle
Hugh Duffy
Jack Dunn
Jimmy Dygert
R. Egan
Kid Elberfeld
Clyde Engle
Louis Evans
John J. Evers
Robert Ewing
G. C. Ferguson
Ray Fischer
Arthur Fletcher
John Flynn
Russ Ford - black cap
Russ Ford - white cap
Wm. A. Foxen
Jimmy Frick
Arthur Fromme
Earl Gardner
H. L. Gaspar
George Gibson
Wilbur Goode
George F. Graham - Rustlers
George F. Graham - Cubs
Edward L. Grant
Dolly Gray
Clark Griffith
Bob Groom
Charlie Hanford
Bob Harmon - both ears visible
Bob Harmon - only left ear visible
Topsy Hartsel
Arnold J. Hauser
Charlie Hemphill
C. L. Herzog
R. Hoblitzell
Danny Hoffman
Miller Huggins
John E. Hummel
Fred Jacklitsch
Hughie Jennings
Walter Johnson
D. Jones
Tom Jones
Addie Joss
Ed Karger
Ed Killian
Red Kleinow
John G. Kling
Jack Knight
Ed Konetchy
Harry Krause
Floyd M. Kroh
Frank Lang
Frank LaPorte
A. Latham
Thomas Leach
Watty Lee
Sam Leever
A. Leifield
Edgar Lennox
Paddy Livingston
John B. Lobert
Bris Lord - Athletics
Harry Lord - White Sox
Jno. C. Lush
Nick Maddox
Sherwood R. Magee
R. W. Marquard
C. Mathewson
A. A. Mattern
Sport McAllister
George McBride
Arby McConnell
P. L. McElveen
J. J. McGraw
Harry McIntire - Cubs
Matty McIntyre - White Sox
M. A. McLean
Fred Merkle
George Merritt
J. T. Meyers
Clyde Milan
J. D. Miller
M. F. Mitchell
P. J. Moran
George Moriarty
George Mullin
Danny Murphy
Jack Murray
John Nee
Thomas J. Needham
Rebel Oakes
Rube Oldring
Charley O'Leary
Fred Olmstead
Orval Overall
Freddy Parent
George Paskert
Billy Payne
Barney Pelty
John Pfeister
Jimmy Phelan
E. J. Phelps
C. Phillippe
Jack Quinn
A. L. Raymond
E. M. Reulbach
Lewis Richie
John Rowan
George Rucker
W. D. Scanlan
Germany Schaefer
George Schlei
Boss Schmidt
F. M. Schulte
Jim Scott
B. H. Sharpe
David Shean - Rustlers
David Shean - Cubs
Jas. T. Sheckard
Hack Simmons
Tony Smith
Fred Snodgrass
Tris Speaker
Jake Stahl
Oscar Stanage
Harry Steinfeldt
George Stone
George Stovall
Gabby Street
George F. Suggs
Ed Summers
Jeff Sweeney
Lee Tannehill
Ira Thomas
Joe Tinker
John Titus
Terry Turner
James Vaughn
Heinie Wagner
Bobby Wallace - with cap
Bobby Wallace - without cap
Ed Walsh
Z. W. Wheat
Doc White
Kirb. White
Irwin K. Wilhelm
Ed Willett
J. Owen Wilson
George R. Wiltse - both ears visible
George R. Wiltse - right ear visible
Harry Wolter
Cy Young
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Base Variations Set Checklist

Hal Chase - both ears show, gold diamond frame ends below shoulders
Hal Chase - both ears show, gold diamond frame ends at shoulders
Otis Crandall - "t" crossed in name
Otis Crandall - "t" not crossed in name
Patsy Dougherty - sock icon, filled with red
Patsy Dougherty - sock icon, filled with white
Dolly Gray - no stats on back
Dolly Gray - stats on back
R. Hoblitzell - no stats on back
R. Hoblitzell - "Cin." listed after 1908 in stats
R. Hoblitzel - name incorrectly listed as "Hobitzel"
R. Hoblitzell - "Cin." not listed after 1908
A. Latham - listed as W.A. Latham on back
A. Leifield - listed as A. P. Leifield
C. Mathewson - listed W/L record on back shows "37-1" instead of "37-11"
P. J. Moran - line under stats
Bobby Wallace - without cap, one line of 1910 stats
Bobby Wallace - without cap, two lines of 1910 stats
Irwin K. Wilhelm - missing letter "r" in suffered

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