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Old 01-13-2018, 09:21 PM
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Default T206 Reference, Reflections, Theory's, Surveys, etc....SHOW US YOUR 6 FAVORITE T206's

I must add my Walter Johnson to this mix. This picture is absolutely the best looking image in the entire T206 set.
It's certainly my most favorite T206 card.






Hey guys......how's about posting some of your favorite T206's here.


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Ted, here is my favorite card from the entire set. It's a good representation of Cobb, and I like the colors:

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A couple of other favorites are of course the Walter Johnson portrait, the nicest portrait in the set, and the Matty Black Cap. The Mathewson looks so well done that it could almost pass for a photograph.


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My favorite front/back combo is the Merkle Brown Lenox. It's a 1 of 1, and I mean to keep it until I die.


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And finally there's Mitchell:

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This one needs an explanation. I began collecting cards in 1965, when I was eight. Of that first set, my favorite card was Yastrzemski. I love the pose. Of course I know now that it was staged, but at the time I really thought that they had photographed him in the act of catching a fly ball.

The Mitchell card reminds me so much of my first favorite card that it has become a favorite as well:
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Here's the two cards for comparison:


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Hey Sean

Some nice cards, thanks for posting them.



OK, here's another unique T206 card, which until recently was in my collection. Now, it is in David Hall's master set.





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Default T206 150-only subjects......

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Only these five T-brands were printed on the backs of the 150-only T206's

American Lithographic initially printed 12 subjects which were the first T206's (issued circa Spring 1909). Depicted here are these 12 guys......







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Old 02-01-2018, 05:16 PM
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Default T206 150-only subjects......Eddie Plank

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Only these five T-brands were printed on the backs of the 150-only T206's


Contrary to the conventional thinking, it's my opinion that Mike Powers should not be considered a 150-only T206 subject. American Lithographic actually
printed Powers battery mate, Eddie Plank, with this 1st series of 12 cards. This we know for certain, since a partial sheet of Piedmont 150 cards were dis-
covered in Eastern Long Island (NY) in the mid 1980's.
Included on this sheet were Eddie Plank and Honus Wagner (subsequently referred to as the Gretzky Wagner). For more info on this, check-out this 2009 thread....http://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=111871

Since the 1970's, several theory's (such as the "broken printing plates" myth, etc.) have been proposed to explain the "short-printing" of the Plank card.
Well, my take on this mystery is very simple....having read Connie Mack's ** response to a Philadelphia sports writer (circa 1910) regarding Plank........

"The secret of Plank's pitching is no secret at all. It is a good strong arm, a powerful constitution to back it, and neither drinks, smokes,
chews tobacco, nor swears...."


My guess is Eddie Plank informed the American Tobacco Co. (ATC) that he did not want his image portrayed on Tobacco cards. And, being the low-keyed
guy that he was, Plank did not "hype-up" his anti-tobacco stance (as Wagner did). Most likely, a brief "cease and desist" order was issued to ATC.





Furthermore, why ATC continued issuing the Plank card with a SWEET CAPORAL 350, Factory #30 back for a short period of time is anyone's guess. ?
I have some thoughts regarding this; however, I'm curious what your's may be ? ?

The majority of T206 Plank cards in circulation are the SWEET CAPORAL 350, Factory #30 versions. And, it is interesting to note that the colors of the
majority of these particular Plank cards are quite pale in comparison with the rich-looking colors of the PIEDMONT 150 or SWEET CAPORAL 150 cards.


Footnote **
"Connie Mack" (Biography), by Norman Macht


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Default Mike Powers

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Only these five T-brands were printed on the backs of the 150-only T206's


Mike Powers was the preferred battery mate of Eddie Plank. Unfortunately, on Opening Day of Shibe Park (April 12 1909) in Philadelphia, Mike Powers was
injured on the field. In the hospital, the doctors discovered he had serious intestinal system problems. Mike passed away 2 weeks later (re....Net54 thread
posted 2008).





My theory regarding the Mike Powers card is....he was subsequently printed in press runs which included 33 other subjects. This appears evident, as the
backs of these 34 subjects were also overprinted with the SWEET CAPORAL 150 Factory #649 stamp. My point here is that the Powers card was actually
printed with this group of 34 subjects. Of which, 33 of them became 150/350 series cards. The Powers card was discontinued due to his untimely death;
therefore, he was not printed with any 350 series backs. As he would have been printed, had he continued in his BB career.

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