T206 (1909) Tobacco White Border

t206 Ty Cobb red t206 Ty Cobb red back

T206 (1909) Tobacco White Border Baseball Cards

Set Info

Manufacturer: American Tobacco Co.

Year of Issue: 1909-11

Set Size: 524 Cards

Card Size: 1-7/16” x 2-5/8”



Set Description

This is the foundation and most popular set of the early tobacco card issues. They are color lithographs with a white border with 524 cards in the set. Dubbed “The Monster” amongst hobbyists, the t206 has proven to be a worthy opponent for anyone trying to complete it. The set contains 4 cards that are extremely difficult and expensive to obtain, the Magee and Doyle variation/error, Ed Plank, and the infamous Honus Wagner, which will cost you $100,000+ to obtain in any condition. Most collectors recognize the set as being complete at 520 cards, minus the “Big Four”. The backs have over 16 different company advertisements. Among these cards are 389 Major Leaguers and 134 Minor Leaguers. Taking into account the possibilities of over 520 different player poses on the fronts, and 16 different advertisement backs, there are thousands of permutations of cards to complete a “set”.

t206 Honus Wagner t206 Ed Plank
t206 Sherry Magie Error t206 Walter Johnson Pitching
t206 Ty Cobb bat on t206 Cy Young Portrait
Price Guide (Complete Set)
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Key Rookies
  • N/A
Key Stars
  • Ty Cobb (4 unique fronts)
  • Walter Johnson (2 unique fronts)
  • Christy Mathewson (3 unique fronts)
  • Ed Plank
  • Honus Wagner
  • Cy Young (3 unique fronts)
Errors & Variations
  • Ray Demmitt (St. Louis)
  • Sherry Magee (shown as Magie)
  • Bill O’Hara (St. Louis)
  • Joe Doyle (N.Y. Nat’l)
Important Notes
  • Most popular pre-WWII set
  • Contains the hobbies most iconic card, Honus Wagner
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