Tuesday, September 20, 2011

T205 Chicago Cubs reverse side

Issued in 1911 by the American Tobacco Company, this set was the second of the great tobacco sets to be issued. Unique for its gold leaf borders which make them very fragile the T205 set featured three different types of designs on the front

The fronts are litho printed
Nationals being head to shoulder portraits.
Americans are headshots inside a diamond.
Minor league three quarters body shot.

The set consists of 219 cards that measure 1-7/16" x 2-5/8".
Eleven different cigarette companies inserted these cards into their packs.

Very little about card backs are ever discussed, but the reverse side can be very interesting.

Cigarette brands of this set include

Rarest:
Drum
Hindu

Next toughest:
Broadleaf

Tough:
Cyle
American Beauty

Common:
Sovereign
Hassan
Polar Bear
Honest Long Cut

Most common:
Piedmont
Sweet Caporal






Jimmy Archer
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Mordecai Brown
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Frank Chance
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Johnny Evers
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Bill Foxen
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George Graham
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Johnny Kling
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Rube Kroh
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Harry McIntire
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Thomas Needham
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Orval Overall
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John Pfiester
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Ed Reulbach
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Lewis Richie
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Frank Schulte
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David Shean
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James Sheckard
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Harry Steinfeldt
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Joe Tinker
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