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Tris Speaker

1909-1911 T206 White Border

This is the only card in the set to feature the great centerfielder. Known as the Grey Eagle, Tris Speaker collected more than 3,500 career hits and was considered by most historians to be the premier defensive outfielder of the era. His .345 career average places Speaker in the top five hitters of all-time and his 792 doubles rank first in the category. For his exploits, Speaker was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. This card – acknowledged by many as his rookie card – shows Speaker ready to strike the ball with his lethal bat, a fitting tribute to one of baseball’s greatest offensive machines.

Tristram E. “Tris” Speaker

Born: April 4, 1888 - Hubbard, TX
Died: December 8, 1958 - Lake Whitney, TX
Batted: LH
Threw: LH
Position: OF
Career BA: .345
Managerial Record: 617–520

Teams:
Boston Americans/Red Sox AL (April 4, 1888 - December 8, 1958)
Cleveland Indians AL (1916–1918; player-manager: 1919–1926)
Washington Senators AL (1927)
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1928)

A standout both offensively and defensively, “The Grey Eagle” can certainly be included in any discussion as one of the all-time greats. With a lifetime batting average of .345 along with over 3,500 hits, Tris Speaker either sits near the top or leads the league in a number of categories, nearly 100 years later. With most career doubles, fifth in career hits, most career outfield assists, and 1,529 career runs batted in, Speaker is considered one of the five or six greatest outfielders along with the likes of Ruth, Cobb, Williams, Mays, Musial, Clemente or whomever else you would like to include. In 1912, his greatest year, Speaker wowed Boston by amassing 53 doubles, 222 hits, a league-leading 10 home runs, and 52 steals along with a .383 average, earning the Chalmers Award for Most Valuable Player.

A darling of the Boston fans, Speaker became known as “Spoke.” He was given the nickname by teammate Bill Carrigan who would shout out “Speaker spoke” whenever Tris got a hit. His 1912 and 1915 Boston teams were World Champions. Although successful on the field, there were tensions in the clubhouse and with management. After a salary dispute, Speaker was traded to the Indians where he continued to excel, beating Cobb for the batting title in 1916. Beloved by Cleveland fans, he went on to bat over .350 for seven seasons. He had a very successful career as a manager for the Indians from 1919 to 1926, leading them to a World Series Championship in 1920 with his inspirational play in centerfield.

After his Major League career, “The Grey Eagle” was part-owner of the Kansas City Blues before returning to the Indians as a scout and a broadcaster. In 1947 Speaker again donned the Indians uniform as a coach working with young players. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937. The list of his accomplishments goes on and on. However one thing is certain. Tris Speaker definitely makes the cut to be included in our dream Cracker Jack outfield. 

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html

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Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT 8 (12)

Prices By Grade

1909-11 T206 UNKNOWN BACK TRIS SPEAKER

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $95,000.00 1
NM - MT 8 $13,920.00 $32,500.00 5 1
NM 7 $7,800.00 $7,800.00 $7,500.00 16 6
EX - MT 6 $2,583.00 $3,832.50 $3,000.00 41 23
EX 5 $2,860.00 $2,860.00 $1,650.00 53 65
VG - EX 4 $1,993.00 $1,993.00 $925.00 49 122
VG 3 $1,225.00 $987.50 $450.00 53 175
GOOD 2 $439.00 $225.00 44 232
FR 1.5 282
PR 1 $237.50 $110.00 31 282
Auth 3 313

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
04/26/2021 $2,583 6 216 Goldin Auctions 2021 April Premium Card Auction Ending April 24 Auction 05129639
04/14/2021 $3,865 6 143996521724 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 06025731
03/30/2021 $2,860 5 353425973213 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 11549409
01/29/2021 $1,993 4 353358625355 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 90594920
09/16/2020 $3,800 6 143720648646 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 40323709
09/15/2020 $7,800 7 53115 Heritage Auctions The Partnerone Collection Sports Card Catalog Auct Auction 06032845
08/31/2020 $1,225 3 372158913886 eBay classicsales1 Best Offer 06302014
08/17/2020 $750 3 407 Robert Edward Auctions 2020 Summer Auction 11697371
03/07/2020 $2,250 5 283806440023 eBay mjg188 Auction 31438606
01/16/2020 $2,520 5 54491 Heritage Auctions 2020 January 16 The David Hall T206 Collection Par Auction 11813473
12/09/2019 $600 3 475 Robert Edward Auctions 2019 Fall Auction 06345724
04/20/2019 $11,400 7 51168 Heritage Auctions 2019 April 18 - 19 Spring Sports Card Catalog Auc Auction 07024158
04/04/2019 $814 3 382868915490 eBay probstein123 Auction 01781375
01/16/2019 $238 1 382714474390 eBay probstein123 Auction 12449317
11/25/2018 $276 2 (MK) 173654089176 eBay cooperstownsportscards Buy It Now 11917345
07/14/2018 $439 2 192574688606 eBay lthotshoe Buy It Now 50045977
12/24/2017 $500 3 152820340367 eBay peekenterprises Best Offer 31316074
11/18/2017 $3,120 6 80178 Heritage Auctions Heritage November 16-18, 2017 Auction 12146324
11/11/2017 $1,043 4 128 Goldin Auctions 2017 October Legends Closing November 11 Auction 12119123
08/01/2017 $520 2 292099023694 eBay deans_cards Buy It Now 01652271
07/05/2017 $1,932 6 142426197966 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 07156164
12/14/2016 $1,026 5 311755895868 eBay starxcards Auction 09124500
11/08/2016 $1,910 6 351892072057 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 07156164
11/05/2016 $2,022 6 55 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXVIII Auction 05034457
12/12/2015 $236 2 8 Love of the Game Auctions Winter, 2015 Set Builders Auction - Closes Decembe Auction 40271273
04/15/2015 $2,160 6 262 Robert Edward Auctions 2015 Spring Auction 40443203
10/15/2014 $1,080 5 250 Robert Edward Auctions 2014 Fall Auction 30506746
05/17/2014 $956 5 80190 Heritage Auctions 2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auc.. Auction 06027204
06/15/2012 $1,827 6 176 Lelands Spring 2012 Catalog Auction Auction 11165121
05/12/2012 $924 5 870 SCP Auctions MAY 2012 PREMIER INTERNET AUCTION Auction 30506746
06/17/2011 $951 5 421 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIII Auction 11813473
05/09/2009 $1,206 5 296 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXI Auction 50067651
07/08/2008 $895 5 57 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions July 2008 Internet Auction Auction 31281707
01/01/2006 $13,920 8 178 Robert Edward Auctions 2006 Auction Auction 04276946
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