Yes, there’s still "stuff out there". Long-time hobby dealer Barry Sloate is handing the sale of a group of close to 500 T206 cards that’s just surfaced.
It’s the call every collector dreams about. Someone looking to find a buyer for some very old baseball cards.
Barry Sloate has gotten quite a few of those during his long association with the hobby, but he still gets a charge when the opportunity arises to bring a new collection of vintage baseball cards into the market.
Thanks to a friend and customer, the Brooklyn, New York-based Sloate was recently onto the trail of a collection of about 475 such cards, primarily T206s. He’s struck a deal to be the consignor for the seller, who resides in upstate New York.
"This person inherited them after his father passed away," Sloate told SportsCollectorsDaily. "The collection consists of primarily T206, with a smattering of T205, 3 Ramlys and a handful of doublefolders and triplefolders."
Best of all, the collection includes a T206 Eddie Plank card, one of the hobby’s most famous rarities.
The collection proves again that like today’s smokers, tobacco users in the 1909-1911 era had their favorites. This smoker/collector apparently preferred one specific brand of cigarette.
"Another fascinating aspect of the collection is that approximately 300 of the 415 T206s in this group have Sovereign backs," Sloate told SportsCollectorsDaily.com. "While Sovereign is only slightly scarcer than the typically found Piedmont and Sweet Caporal, it is unusual to find so many in one collection."
Sloate hopes to share some of the front/back combinations with the advanced T206 collectors in hopes that a couple of new varieties might be discovered.
The non-T206 stash of cards also provided some interesting discoveries.
"Perhaps even rarer and less well known is a square Ramly, which differs
from the normally issued card by having a different frame design around the player image."
Sloate has shipped some of the cards off to be graded. Once returned, they’ll join the remainder of the cards in an auction Sloate is conducting this November.