For many the T206 set is the ultimate tobacco card set. But it’s very hard to get anywhere near completion and at a very high cost to boot. Welcome to the T218s – an affordable tobacco set with plenty of stars, attractive art and their own quirks.
The cards coming out of the woodwork of late is astounding. The latest are a pair of scrapbooks containing Old Judge, Gypsy Queen and non-sports cards dating back to the 1800s. The Cambridge Collection, as it is dubbed, will be sold through Goldin Auctions.
Cards made the way they used to be: Charles Mandel, creator of Helmar Brewery trading cards, has collectors in mind for his artwork, not the average fan. Collectors wouldn’t have it any other way.
From a T206 Eddie Plank PSA 5 and T206 Cy Young (Cleveland, Portrait) PSA 8 leading the prewar cards, it’s a big deal to consider the postwar offerings might hold even greater appeal to bidders at Greg Bussineau.
The “Opening Day” Auction is now live, courtesy of Love of the Game Auctions. The sale features a great single-owner prewar collection, beautiful, glossy T3s and signed memorabilia from Ty Cobb and Hank Greenberg.
T206 Walter Johnson PSA 8, 1957 Topps Ted Williams PSA 9 among high-grade singles offered by Greg Bussineau. Plus a great set break of 1938’s Horrors of War.
ESPN’s Grantland takes a look at the baseball card hobby, specifically the most famous of the T206 Wagner cards, is a 15-minute video that features Keith Olbermann and PSA’s David Hall.
In its second auction, Love of the Game Auctions is setting some trends, According to Auction Director Al Crisafulli, Love of the Game is a ‘go-to’ auction house for scarce T206 cards, prewar baseball and football items, high-grade postwar Hall of Famers, and difficult modern test issues.
Al Crisafulli has leaked a portion of his upcoming lineup in the next Love of the Game auctions sale, which should have tobacco-era collectors ready to bid. Among the selections will be more than 100 Turkey Red cabinet cards from the T3 baseball and T9 boxing sets.
The 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders set gives collectors extra tobacco-era style. Come along on this writer’s journey to complete a mid-grade set of these quirky cards that featured two players – if you dared to fold them over.