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Complete T205 Gold Border PSA Graded Set (Second Highest Ever RegisteredGo Back
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Complete T205 Gold Border PSA Graded Set (Second Highest Ever Registered). In introducing this remarkable, complete set of T205’s, we care to underscore that it is among the finest listings, of any genre, we’ve ever had the privilege to advance. The bold headlines of this magnificent unit are that it is complete to include all of the production’s known variations; and further, that all of its 219 elements have earned admirable grades from PSA – the foremost grading authority in the industry. Thereby, this set claims station as the second finest T205 set ever registered with PSA – meriting their aggregate evaluation of 6.23. Suffice it to say, on a very lengthy calendar, this is the pre-eminent Gold Border set poised to change ownership. As advanced collectors journey into that bewildering expanse of tobacco cards, they must necessarily come to terms with the major production known universally as T205. This, of course, is the so-called gold-border variety that features 208 different designs. Only in the relative sense, T205’s aren’t particularly scarce. For that matter, their emergence is as frequent as the equally available T206’s. However, the operative qualification in this point of view is the term “relative.’’It can’t be overstated that every tobacco card produced in that outpouring of a century past coursed the full gamut of one-per-pack distribution in cigarettes and plug tobacco, There were no “close-outs,” no mighty reservoirs of uncirculated cards more recently discovered, nor was there any clandestine distribution that departed from their singular purpose as promotional inserts. The fundamental set of T205, i.e. 208 different, is naturally punctuated with a generous representation of the game’s contemporary superstars – fully 25 of these diamond immortals have since gained permanence in Cooperstown. Though appreciative of images of the famous, dyed-in-the-wool collectors hold a special reverence for genuinely scarce cards. Again, this is a relative term – “scarce” – but T205, even in its fundamental production, challenges the collector to capture decidedly more elusive elements in the issue. Not the least of these is the production’s feature of a dozen different minor leaguers which simply weren’t dispensed proportionately to most of their big league counterparts. And then, for myriad reasons, the original issue bears other troublesome scarcities. (The dynamics of comparative availability in T205 is lucidly and thoroughly explained in Lew Lipset’s outstanding work, The Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards Vol. 3.) To this recipe, add the several modifications effected by the issue’s editors during the course of production. Most of these later modifications were aimed at correcting minor details originally in error. A couple others updated trades that had transpired. Ultimately, through the insistent scrutiny of able hobbyists over the years, T205 has been determined to encompass 219 different designs – the original 208-card creation, then supplemented by variations effected by the issue’s engineers. Today, there are very admirable holdings of T205 in our avocation. Some of these boast cards of exceptional quality; others are highly accomplished in their nearness to completion. Few, though, have reached the final summit of completion, and of those, only a fractional few have been thoroughly worthy of professional grading. Aesthetically, this is a marvelously well-balanced continuum – two of the cards earned NM-MT 8; one (the brutally rare Hoblitzell without statistics) was assessed VG-EX 4. All the others are encapsulated with grades between these extremes. Its assembly is a remarkable accomplishment in tenacity and, certainly, a full measure of good fortune. We’d be remiss to overlook reporting a summary on this set’s advertisers. Naturally, the far majority of these are Sweet Caporal and Piedmont. All the minor leaguers, as expected, are Hassan (as well as a couple dozen others). And then a bit scarcer are Honest (ten total, including Baker and Chance); Sovereign (eleven total); and Cycle (nine total, including Fred Clarke). Worthy of note, however, is that this set includes seven cards bearing the Polar Bear ad. The brand isn’t scarce by any means, but because of their packaging, it is unusual to find these in higher grades. Among these latter are included Bender, Eddie Collins (mouth open) and Bobby Wallace (no hat, two lines). Twenty-eight of these cards share the highest grade yet awarded by PSA – among these, Doc Adkins (minor leaguer), Baker, Chase (one ear visible), Evers, Hoblitzell (“Cin.” var.), Marquard and Bobby Wallace (no cap, two lines). Furthermore, as of this writing, 45 of them have been exceeded in grade by only one card. Information on the population report of the Hoblitzell no stats variation is inconclusive. Here offered, then, is this T205 set as a single unit. We anticipate enthusiastic bidding by virtue of its finalization, its exact uniformity of the choicest grading service … And, most especially, on its strength as the second finest set recorded by the service. Immediately following this catalog entry, there appears this same set – offered as 219 individual cards. By agreement with our consignor, should the final bid on this offered complete set exceed the cumulative final bids on the individual cards, then the set’s winning bidder would be awarded (provided its reserve is eclipsed). Conversely, if the cumulative winning bids on the individual cards exceed the final bid on the set, then those single-card winners would prevail – again, as individual reserves permit.