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”.
Most popular pre-WWII set
Contains the hobbies most iconic card, Honus Wagner
Manufacturer: American Tobacco Co.
Year of Issue: 1909-1911
Set Size: 524 Cards
Card Size: 1-7/16” x 2-5/8”
Ray Demmitt (St. Louis)
Sherry Magee (shown as Magie)
Bill O’Hara (St. Louis)
Joe Doyle (N.Y. Nat’l)
Ty Cobb (4 unique fronts)
Walter Johnson (2 unique fronts)
Christy Mathewson (3 unique fronts)
Cy Young (3 unique fronts)