Synonymous with the phrase “tobacco card,” the 1909-1911 T206 series consists of 525 (including the Ty Cobb Back) distinctly different "White Border" player portrayals measuring about 1-7/16" by 2-5/8”. Although the majority of the cards carry reverse side advertising of the company's popular tobacco brands, the pinnacle of cardback scarcity is the "Ty Cobb" reverse design, wherein Cobb is termed "King of the Smoking Tobacco World." This specific advertisement is only found on the Ty Cobb red back portrait.
The cards in this set were designed to conform to the packages they shared with their American Tobacco Company products. The T206 collection includes 390 cards featuring major league players (with multiple poses and captions for the same player counted separately) and 134 minor leaguers, each in a straightforward and simple arrangement.
|Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red)|