Passed down through three generations, one family’s large collection of tobacco cards is about to enter the market for the first time. Lelands says it has received the consignment, which includes over 1,300 cards including numerous Hall of Famers.
Dubbed the “Generation T collection, the group includes over 400 T206 cards with five featuring Ty Cobb, nearly 400 T205s with two Cobbs (one an SGC 5), nearly 20 T227’s with four Cobbs as well as cards from the T202, T201, E98, E95 and E96 sets, among others.
Cards of Cy Young, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson are also going on the block. The collection features three extremely rare T206 backs: two Lenox and one Broad Leaf.
The consignor had every card graded by SGC in 2006 kept them in storage before finally deciding to part with the collection.
Most of the cards will be presented in the Lelands Fall Classic Auction but about 15 lots will be in the company’s Mid-Summer Pop-Up, which runs from July 19-August 2.