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Prewar collectors spend their entire hobby lives figuring out that niche in the hobby that's just right for them, the card issue or player or period that gets them most excited.  The prewar hobby is enormous, with as many collecting strategies and methods as there are collectors.  One thing that virtually all have in common, however: at some point, everyone owns a T206.  

Few sets in the hobby carry the mystique of The Monster.  Many have started sets - the cards are plentiful, and easy to find in collector grade, and bargains on individual cards can often be found.  Completing a set, however, is a different story - 70 Hall of Famers add considerable expense, while multiple player poses and variations, tough Southern Leaguers and difficult-to-locate scarcities within the set create collecting challenges that eventually frustrate all but the most patient and passionate collectors to the point of abandonment.  Certainly, the number of collectors who have completed a T206 set is just a fraction of the number who have started.

Presented here is the end result of such an exercise in patience and diligence - a near-complete set (save for the "big four" of Wagner, Plank, Magie and Doyle, along with the Demmitt and O'Hara variations).  Featuring 518 cards, this is an outstanding collecting achievement that includes the remaining difficult variations, all the Hall of Famers, and the tough Southern Leaguers.  In addition, included among the cards in the set are a number of the things that T206 collectors treasure: a few tough backs, and even a handful of original owner back stamps.

To make things even more appealing to the graded card collector, 337 of the finest cards in this set have been graded, almost exclusively by SGC (four have been graded by PSA and one by BVG).

The collector who assembled this set did so by diligently acquiring both individual cards and large lots, culling the finest examples for grading and leaving the remaining examples ungraded.  As he found examples that fit his collecting tastes, they were sent to SGC for encapsulation.  Upon consigning the collection to Love of the Game, we elected to submit another 15-20 cards to SGC that we felt were similarly attractive and worth protecting in a graded card holder.

The result is an extremely appealing group of graded cards, most of which are far more pleasing than the technical grade.  Each of these cards has been very carefully chosen by the collector, who as you can sell has an excellent eye for attractive T206 cards.  The remaining 181 cards in the set are ungraded (just six of these are Hall of Famers), primarily lower grade with various elements of wear including creases, paper loss, and corner/edge wear consistent with collector-grade T206s.

Indeed, to illustrate, a condition breakdown of the cards including the ungraded ones is dramatically different than a breakdown that excludes them.  Including the ungraded cards, approximately 4% of the cards grade EX or better with 11% grading VG-EX, 42% grading VG, 19% grading GOOD, 17% FAIR, and 8% lesser, with a few trimmed.  Excluding the ungraded cards, however, tells a different story: 5% grade EX or better, 16% grade VG-EX or VG-EX+, 57% grade VG or VG+, 14% grade G, with 8% grading FAIR or lesser.  Clearly, it is the graded cards that improve the quality of the set.

A condition breakdown of the set's key cards is as follows: SGC EX+ 70: Chance (yellow portrait); SGC EX 60: Beckley, Cobb (red background), Crawford (batting), Griffith (portrait), Joss (portrait), Keeler (portrait), Tinker (bat off shoulder), Waddell (throwing), Young (hand showing); SGC VG/EX+ 55: Huggins (portrait), Lajoie (batting), McGraw (portrait, no cap), BVG VG/EX+ 4.5: Kelly; SGC VG/EX 50: Baker, Bender (portrait), Bresnahan (batting), Brown (portrait), Chase (dark cap), Chesbro, Clarke (batting), Cobb (green background), E. Collins, Davis, Duffy, Flick, Lajoie (Port), Marquard (pitching), Mathewson (portrait), McGraw (finger in air), Wallace, Walsh, Wheat; SGC VG+ 45: Chance (red portrait); SGC VG 40: Bender (no trees), Brown (Chicago), Chase (blue portrait), Chase (trophy), Cicotte, Clarke (portrait), Jimmy Collins, Crawford (throwing), Evers (Chicago), Evers (Cubs), Gandil, Huggins (hands at mouth), Jennings (both hands), Joss (pitching), Lajoie (throwing), Marquard (pitching), Marquard (portrait), McGinnity, McGraw (glove on hip), McGraw (portrait, no cap), Speaker, Tinker (bat off shoulder), Tinker (hands on knees), Titus, Willis (portrait), Willis (throwing); SGC GOOD+ 35: Bender (trees), Bresnahan (portrait), Chase (white background), Evers (portrait), Johnson (hands at chest), Keeler (batting), Mathewson (white cap); SGC GOOD 30: Brown (Cubs), Chase (pink), Cobb (bat on shoulder), Griffith (batting), Young (portrait); SGC FAIR 20: Cobb (bat off shoulder); SGC POOR 10: Young (glove); PSA PR 1: Johnson (portrait).  Ungraded keys include Chance (Chicago - F), Elberfeld (Washington - P), Jennings (one hand - P), Jennings (portrait - P), Tinker (portrait - P), Waddell (portrait - P w/paper loss and nice front), and Willis (batting - P).  The set also includes two Topps T206 "Buyback" cards - Freeman and Schlei (fielding).

Southern Leaguers grade 32% VG or VG+, 15% GOOD or GOOD+, 29% FAIR, and 24% POOR with 42% containing Old Mill backs and the remainder Piedmont.  Backs represented include the common Piedmont and Sweet Caporal, along with American Beauty (No Frame - 1 card), Cycle 350 (1, Mitchell), Brown Hindu (1, Brown), Old Mill (8, including Bender trees and Titus, plus 17 Southern Leaguers), Polar Bear (19, including Chase portrait, Cobb bat off shoulder and Young glove shows), Sovereign 150 (Brown, Cubs), and Sovereign 350 (7, including Dahlen Brooklyn and Willis Portrait).  None of the six back stamps include Howe McCormick.

A remarkably attractive set, representing an amazing hobby achievement - the near completion of The Monster, including all the obtainable Hall of Famers and Southern Leaguers, including 337 tremendously attractive graded midgrade cards.  518 cards total.

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Minimum Bid: $7,500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $36,270
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, August 9, 2015.
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