The latest installment in a multi-year auction distributing one man’s massive collection of T206 cards to the masses will get underway next week.
Heritage Auctions plans to launch Part VII of the ongoing series of sales featuring cards from David Hall’s ten-year quest to collect not just a couple of complete T206 sets, but every variation and oddity within it he could locate. Subtle nuances in the advertising on the back account for many of the scarce examples known only to Hall because of his passion for finding them. It was the most comprehensive T206 collection ever assembled, with more than 5,000 cards.
The upcoming installment will feature over 500 lots including numerous one-of-a-kind examples. Among the highlights: one of only three known Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb cards with the 350-460/30 back; one of only three PSA graded Lenox (Brown) Ed Willett Pitching; one only two known Hindu Red Cy Seymour Throwing; the only PSA graded Drum backs of Ossee Schreckengost and Simon Nichols (batting); the only known PSA graded Lenox (Black) Joe Lake and the only known PSA graded example of the T206 Lenox (Brown) Joe Tinker bat off shoulder. More than a dozen cards are expected to sell for five-figure prices.
Hall, one of the founders of Collectors Universe, spent years researching and cataloguing discoveries within the T206 set. He uncovered census data for players and advertising back combinations as well as previously unknown variations. His research has identified and helped lead to the acquisition of more than 5,000 different player/back combinations.
“The hardest cards for me to find were some of the Drum backs and some of the Broad Leaf 460s,” Hall stated in a video Heritage produced for the ongoing auction. “They’re so rare. I would go to the National and if there were one or two Broad Leaf 460 backs, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Some of the Drums, there’s only one card known.”
Of the over 253,000 total T206 cards noted on their census report, the Drum brand is found on less than 160 cards.
The collection has already generated millions of dollars in winning bids but this auction isn’t just for high rollers. There are numerous common T206s in the auction that carry $1 minimum bids and are expected to sell for under $300.
The auction is scheduled to open May 27 and run through June 17.