T205 (1911) Tobacco Gold Border Baseball Cards
Manufacturer: American Tobacco Co.
Year of Issue: 1911
Set Size: 208 Cards
Card Size: 1-7/16” x 2-5/8”
Unique for its gold leaf borders, which make them, very fragile and hard to find in high-grade condition. The fronts are litho printed with the Nationals being head to shoulder portraits. The Americans are headshots inside a diamond. The backs of the cards have 11 different tobacco advertisements. The common brands are American Beauty, Hassan, Piedmont, Polar Bear, Sovereign, Cycle and Sweet Caporal. Of the 208 cards that make up the basic T205 set, a few more than half (110 cards) represent American League players. The balance of the cards show National League (76 cards) and Minor League (12 cards) players.
Price Guide (Complete Set)
- Ty Cobb
- Walter Johnson
- Christy Mathewson
- Tris Speaker
- Cy Young
Errors & Variations
- R. Hoblitzell (no stats on back)
- Susceptible to chipping and flaking on the gold borders