1909-11 T206 Sovereign Back Baseball Cards
The 1909-11 T206 baseball card 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 Sovereign backs are some of the more rare cards in the T206 set. While the supply of these are not intensely scarce, they are also not found in the quantities of some of the common backs such as Piedmont and Sweet Caporal.
By Dean Hanley
Hands At Hips
Chicago F. Smith On Front
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