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GOLDEN CARDS

THEY MAY NOT BE AS POPULAR AS THEIR T206 COUNTERPARTS (WHAT TOBACCO CARDS ARE?), BUT 1911 T205ʼS BOAST PLENTY OF APPEAL ON THEIR OWN
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When it comes to pre-war tobacco baseball cards, the T206 white border set is the undisputed champion in terms of popularity. But go ahead and consider the T205 set a solid 1A option that ranks only just behind T206 in terms of collector appeal.

The set is heavily collected by fans of early baseball cards and while it may not have reached the heights of the T206 set, T205 is oThen a target of collectors looking for a, frankly, less daunting challenge. At 208 cards in a basic set, it was not a small release. But it is less than half the size of the mammoth, 524-card T206 set and a considerably easier ‘build’ than its blanche border cousin.

Despite its popularity, given the recent spike in tobacco card prices, it can be argued that the T205 set is even a bit undervalued. The cards, aTher all, are considerably rarer than T206 cards - even if they are still more plentiful than most tobacco and caramel issues from the period. Low-grade commons are not finddifficult to find starting at about $20.

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