February 17, 2019
There may be no more widely collected set than the legendary 1909-1911 T206 White Border series. There may also be no set from which we see cards on a regular basis than the T206 set. Each year, we present thousands of T206 cards in a variety of different forms; sometimes it's a single Hall of Famer, sometimes it's a small collection; and sometimes, albeit fewer, it's a complete or near-complete set. Over the years at Robert Edward Auctions, it would likely not be an exaggeration to say that tens of thousands of T206s in every form and condition have graced the pages of our catalog. This auction, however, allows us to present a collection of T206s that is, in our opinion, one of the most special and carefully curated that we have ever seen!
Growing up in the 1980s, our consignor developed an interest in old cards thanks to a chance encounter with a classmate's small collection of T206s. With the help of his mother, he was able to slowly add cards to his collection, using money he received from odd jobs or as gifts. What followed was a nearly three decade journey towards tackling "The Monster" in a way that few collectors ever consider and even fewer are able to accomplish. His goal was to build a collection consisting of scarce and rare backs, eschewing the traditional Piedmont and Sweet Caporal where possible, and instead focusing on Sovereigns, Tolstois, Polar Bears, Hindus, and Old Mills along with the much tougher Drums, Uzit, Lenoxes, and Broad Leafs. In addition to seeking out these advertising backs, he also wanted to keep the quality of the set extremely high, desiring cards to be VG-EX or better where possible.
After more than twenty years in dedicated pursuit of this goal, he was able to finish the set (minus Wagner and Doyle) with many of his criteria met along the way. A staunch supporter of PSA, he worked his way up the registry rankings, eventually settling in at number five with a 5.18 GPA.
The set is highlighted by a remarkable sampling of all the different ad backs: 50 Sovereign, 31 Hindu, 28 American Beauty, 20 Cycle, 19 El Principe De Gales, 14 Lenox, 13 Carolina Brights, 12 Broad Leaf, 11 Tolstoi, 10 Piedmont Factory 42s, seven Uzit, and three Drum. Condition was not compromised along the way, with nearly a quarter of the set representing the highest-graded examples ever recorded by PSA. Capped by a sole PSA NM-MT 8 example, nearly three dozen PSA NM 7s, and more than 100 PSA 6s, the set is a marvel of condition and quality.
Robert Edward Auctions is honored to have been chosen to present this incredible set as part of its March 2019 auction. With more than 400 different lots featured throughout the catalog, collectors will be able to pursue commons and stars alike in individual lots. Small groupings of Piedmont and Sweet Caporal backs in consistent condition round out the presentation. Bidding opens March 6. For more information, to register to bid, or to request a free catalog, visit www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com. To read more about our consignor, you can enjoy the collector profile featured in PSA's Sports Market Report Magazine here.