1911 T205 Gold Border - Basic

Number of
Required Items
206
Current Finest
Possible Set Rating
09.307

The American Tobacco Company updated its “White Border” baseball-themed insert cards in 1911 when it introduced the T205 “Gold Border” set. The T205 issue consisted of 209 different cards, each measuring 1-7/16" by 2-5/8". (Although just 198 players are represented in the T205 set, a few multiple poses and some variations account for the higher accepted total). T205s, the lower number applied in The American Card Catalog's definitive listings, simply because "Gold" comes before "White" alphabetically, replaced colorized, photo-based likenesses with illustrations. Border graphics of varying types, usually incorporating team logos and equipment, identified the respective league. Facsimile signatures crossed a portion of many ballplayers' depictions. Hall of Famers include Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Addie Joss, Christy Mathewson, John McGraw and Cy Young. T205's National League player depictions are distinguished by three obverse-side statements of team identity in the form of a decorative logo, a plain caption and a typed legend. These, along with his black-inked signature and portrait, are settled inside its gold border, and back-dropped by one of a number of different colors that seem to have been selected entirely on the basis of their depth and intensity. American League ballplayers' treatments omitted the replica autograph, but added distinctively stylish embellishments like two crossed bats projecting upward from the design's bottom edge, base paths framing the player's picture and gloves, balls, name-banners or other suitable elements as finishing touches. The issue's 12 Minor Leaguers - especially scarce – also utilized a gold-frame design. “Fine-tuning” of the design by the manufacturer has resulted in several variations, such as Hall of Famers Roger Bresnahan (who appears in "Mouth Open" and "Mouth Closed" versions, the former being more elusive) and Eddie Collins ("Mouth Open" and "Mouth Closed," with "Open" being more rare). St. Louis Browns Bobby Wallace can be found in three distinct T205 incarnations: "With Cap," "No Cap, 1 Line 1910 Stats" and the remaining "No Cap, 2 Lines 1910 Stats" version. Hal Chase exists in three varieties and Dick Hoblitzell is known in four types. E.B. Barger, Otis Crandall, Dolly Gray and David Shean are among the additional individuals who were presented in two different portrayals. All of these variations are regarded as essential to the compilation of a truly complete T205 set.

All-Time Finest

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating User
1 Cooperstown Collection UPDATED 100.00% 7.69 9.01 9.01
2 T205 Gems 2018 100.00% 7.55 R 8.64 8.64
3 Donald E. Spence - The Lone Star Collection 100.00% 6.69 R 7.25 7.25
4 BKH 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 100.00% 6.22 6.25 6.25
5 TRambo Collection 100.00% 5.75 5.77 5.77

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Current Finest

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating User
1 Cooperstown Collection UPDATED 100.00% 7.69 9.01 9.01
2 BKH 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 100.00% 6.22 6.25 6.25
3 TRambo Collection 100.00% 5.75 5.77 5.77
4 hugginsandscott 100.00% 5.48 5.50 5.50
5 Fluffy T205 100.00% 5.30 5.30 5.30
6 Jim's T205 Basic Set 100.00% 4.88 4.89 4.89
7 Weingartens_Vintage 90.78% 4.96 4.96 4.62
8 Plexanova56 100.00% 4.59 4.59 4.59
9 nutsonchin 99.51% 4.48 4.48 4.42
10 JT's T205 set 100.00% 4.37 4.37 4.37
11 Mark's Mad Set 99.03% 4.31 4.31 4.23
12 Terry's T205 Gold Border Basic 100.00% 4.07 4.07 4.07
13 LilGoldies 69.90% 5.39 5.40 3.75
14 SDSportsFan's T205 98.54% 3.36 3.36 3.27
15 GregJ99 98.54% 3.20 3.20 3.18
16 Dan's Golden Oldies 100.00% 2.30 2.30 2.30
17 Mikhailka T205 79.13% 3.18 3.18 2.17
18 Southpaw's T205 Gold Border 47.57% 4.88 4.88 2.14
19 BBCards4U2 35.44% 6.25 6.35 1.98
20 RSK T205b 63.59% 3.39 3.39 1.94

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