1909-11 T206 Polar Bear Back Baseball Cards
The T206 set is often considered to be the most famous Pre-War set in existence, mainly because of the Honus Wagner card in this set. The cards were produced over a three-year period (1909 to 1911) by the American Tobacco Company. These tiny cards were included in packs of cigarettes or loose tobacco for many brands as an incentive to purchase the tobacco.
The T206 set consists of 523 cards. Over 100 of the cards picture minor league players. There are also multiple cards for the same player in different poses, different uniforms, or even with different teams after being traded (since the set was issued over a period of three years). The cards measure 1 7⁄16 by 2 5⁄8 inches (3.7 cm × 6.7 cm) which is considered by many collectors to be the standard tobacco card size.
The Polar Bear Back Baseball Cards, represent the only brand that is not cigarettes. Polar Bear was loose tobacco, also known as scrap tobacco.
Dean Hanley is an expert in Pre-War (before World War II) baseball cards and continues to add vintage baseball cards to the Dean's Cards inventory. Dean literally wrote the book on Pre-War baseball cards, and you can find his best seller on Amazon.com: Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-Worls War I Baseball Cards.
By Dean Hanley