All-T206 Auction Generates Over $250K

T206 Ty Cobb with Cobb Tobacco advertising backYou can usually find several T206 cards in the major sports memorabilia auction catalogs and there are dozens available on eBay virtually every day.  But Goodwin & Company’s latest catalog was entirely made up of T206 cards…over 500 lots worth.

“Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVI, The T206 Set” closed late last week with a total take of $259,429  in bids, including the buyer’s premium.

One card generated over half of that total.

A T206 Ty Cobb Portrait card featuring the rare Ty Cobb tobacco back, graded  PSA 1.5 , sold for $135,402. Just a few are believed to exist.

Collectors of the T206 set are usually in search of the T206 Sherry Magie (Magee) error card.  A PSA 1.5 Magee card brought $7,625 in the auction.  Other cards sold included a T206 Rare Old Mill Brown Back Sid Smith Atlanta-Authentic ($4,312) and a T206 Drum Clark Griffith Batting PSA 2 Good ($4,066).

In addition to the Cobb back, numerous other scarce backs were also offered.   A group of 20 T206 cards, each with different back advertisements including Uzit, Lenox, Hindu, Tolstoi, Broad Leaf and Carolina Brights, brought $8038.

Among the Hall of Famers featured on T206 that were part of the sale were a Christy Mathewson PSA 5 “white cap” copy that brought $1606, two different Ty Cobb variations that each sold for $1515, a Cobb red back portrait ($1390), and two different Cy Young cards ($934 and $747).