The third installment of hobby pioneer David Hall’s legendary T206 collection is now on the auction block. The sale features a near-set of scarce “Sovereign” advertising backs as well as cards that were in packages of other lesser known brands and carry advertising backs that are considered scarce today.
Over 500 cards are in the auction, including dozens of Hall of Famers with minimal populations on the PSA Set Registry. The sale is the latest event aimed at liquidating Hall’s 5,000-card accumulation of T206s.
Hall began avidly chasing T206 only a decade ago, seeking not only each of the more than 500 subjects in the famous tobacco issue, but each of the different advertising backs. No other collector as assembled even 3,000 different.
Hall owned 55 different T206 Cobb cards and the current auction includes five of the best known Sovereign rarities:
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 460 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red), PSA EX 5, est. $10,000-up
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 350 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red), PSA EX 5, est. $8,000-up
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 350 Ty Cobb (Bat on Shoulder), PSA EX-MT 6, est. $8,000-up
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 150 Ty Cobb (Bat on Shoulder), PSA EX 5, est. $7,000-up
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 350 Ty Cobb (Bat off Shoulder), PSA EX 5, $6,000-up
Other lots already seeing strong interest from bidders include:
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 150 Walter Johnson (Portrait), PSA EX 5, est. $6,000-up
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 350 Sam Crawford (Throwing), PSA NM-MT 8, est. $8,000-up
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 350 Hughie Jennings (Both Hands Show), PSA NM-MT 8, est. $8,000-up
- 1909-11 T206 Sovereign 150 Johnny Evers (Portrait), PSA NM-MT 8, est. $15,000-up
The first two installments of Hall’s massive collection of T206 cards were held earlier this year including a low grade Honus Wagner that fetched $540,000. More cards will be sold in 2020. The full collection was expected to command nearly $8 million in total.
“It’s an enormous honor to have been selected by Mr. Hall to present this extraordinary assembly to the collecting community,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “His role as founder and first CEO of Collectors Universe makes him arguably the most influential living figure in the hobby.”
The auction will close Jan. 16 in extended bidding format.