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1911 Gold Border T205 Guide

Set Description 

In 1911, the American Tobacco Company released one of the more distinctive looking sets ever produced.  The T205 set stands out in part for its gold flaked borders placed around the card.  There are 208 different cards in a complete set. Card design is based on the league the player was in.  For National League teams, a lithograph featuring the player from the shoulders up appears on a plain background with a facsimile signature.  For American League team, the lithograph appeared with a baseball diamond.  Bats, mitts, and baseballs were added below the image, along with a banner containing the players last name and team.  Backs contained one of 11 possible advertising brands.  Of note, 12 minor league players were also included in this set. The set is known for containing many errors and variations.  One of the most valuable variation cards, Hoblitzel (no stats), appears in this set.  The T205 set is also heavy on Hall of Famers, with Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Cy Young all being featured.  The gold borders are highly susceptible to cracking and wear.  High grade examples are tough to come by for this reason. 

Set Information

Manufacturer: American Tobacco Company

Year: 1911

Cards in Set: 208

Card Size: 1-7/16" x 2-5/8"

Advertising Back Rarity

  • Piedmont (most common)

  • Sweet Caporal

  • Polar Bear

  • Hassan

  • Sovereign

  • Honest Long Cut

  • Cycle

  • American Beauty

  • Broad Leaf

  • Hindu

  • Drum (least common)


  • The gold border are extremely fragile and susceptible to chipping.  High grade examples are difficult to come by because of this.


  • None

Errors and Variations

  • E.B. Barger (full "B" on cap vs partial "B" on cap)

  • Roger Bresnahan (mouth open vs closed)

  • Hal Chase (only left ear shows vs both ears show either gold frame to shoulder or gold frame below shoulder)

  • Eddie Collins (mouth open vs closed)

  • Otis Crandall ("T" crossed in name vs not crossed)

  • Patsy Dougherty (Red Sox emblem vs White Sox emblem 

  • Russ Ford (black cap vs white cap)

  • George Graham (Rustlers vs Cubs)

  • Dolly Gray (stats on back vs no stats on back)

  • Bob Harmon (both ears show vs left ear)

  • R. Hoblitzell (no stats vs stats)

  • A. Latham (A. Latham on back vs W.A. Latham on back)

  • A. Leifield ("A" on front vs "A.P." on front)

  • J.D. Miller (bio shows John D. vs John B.

  • P.J. Moran (stray line below stats vs no line)

  • David Shean (Rustlers vs Cubs)

  • Bobby Wallace (with caps vs no cap)

  • Irvin Wilhelm ("suffered" misspelled vs correct)

  • George Wiltse (both ears show vs right ear only) 

Key Cards/Hall of Famers

  • Ty Cobb

  • Walter Johnson

  • Cy Young

  • Christy Mathewson

  • Tris Speaker

  • Ed Walsh

  • Addie Joss

  • Hoblitzell (no stats)

  • Bobby Wallace

1911 Gold Border T205 Baseball Checklist

Ed Abbaticchio

Doc Adkins

Leon Ames

James Archer

Jimmy Austin

Bill Bailey

Home Run Baker

Neal Ball

E.B. Barger (Full ‘B’ on cap)

E.B. Barger (Partial ‘B’ on cap)

Jack Barry

Emil Batch

John Bates

Fred Beck

Beals Becker

George Bell

Chief Bender

Bill Bergen

Bob Bescher

Joe Birmingham

Lena Blackburne

Bill Bransfield

Roger Bresnahan (mouth closed)

Roger Bresnahan (mouth open)

Al Bridwell

Mordecai Brown

Bob Byrne

Hick Cady

Howie Camnitz

Bill Carrigan

Frank Chance

Hal Chase (frame stops at shoulders)

Hal Chase (only left ear)

Eddie Cicotte

Fred Clarke

Ty Cobb

Eddie Collins (mouth closed)

Eddie Collins (mouth open)

Jimmy Collins

Frank Corridon

Otis Crandall

Lou Criger

Bill Dahlen

Jake Daubert

Jim Delehanty

Art Devlin

Josh Devore

W.R. Dickson

Jiggs Donahue

Red Dooin

Mike Doolan

Patsy Dougherty

Tom Downey

Larry Doyle

Hugh Duffy

Jack Dunn

Jimmy Dygert

Dick Egan

Kid Elberfeld

Clyde Engle

Louis Evans

Johnny Evers

Bob Ewing

G.C. Ferguson

Ray Fisher

Art Fletcher

Johnny Flynn

Russ Ford (black cap)

Russ Ford (white cap)

Bill Foxen

Jimmy Frick

Art Fromme

Earl Gardner

Harry Gaspar

George Gibson

Wilbur Goode

George Graham (Cubs)

George Graham (Rustlers)

Ed Grant

Dolly Gray (no stats)

Clark Griffith

Bob Groom

Charlie Hanford

Bob Harmon (both ears)

Bob Harmon (one ear)

Topsy Hartsel

Arnold Hauser

Charlie Hemphill

C.L. Herzog

Dick Hoblitzell (with 1908 Cin, correct name spelling)

Danny Hoffman (white base)

Miller Huggins

John Hummel

Fred Jacklitsch

Hughie Jennings

Walter Johnson

Davy Jones

Tom Jones

Addie Joss

Ed Karger

Ed Killian

Red Kleinow

Johnny Kling

Jack Knight

Ed Konetchy

Harry Krause

Floyd Kroh

Frank Lang

Frank LaPorte

A. Latham (A. on back)

Tom Leach

Atty Lee

Sam Leever

Lefty Leifield (with A. in signature)

Ed Lennox

Paddy Livingston

John Lobert

Bris Lord

Harry Lord

John Lush

Nick Maddox

Sherry Magee

Rube Marquard

Christy Mathewson

A.A. Mattern

Sport McAllister

George McBride

Amby McConnell

P.L. McElveen

John McGraw

Harry McIntyre

Matty McIntyre

John McLean

Fred Merkle

George Merritt

J.T. Meyers

Clyde Milan

John Miller (Middle initial ‘B.’)

Mike Mitchell

Pat Moran

George Moriarty

George Mullin

Danny Murphy

Jack Murray

John Nee

Tom Needham

Rebel Oakes

Rube Oldring

Charley O’Leary

Fred Olmstead

Orval Overall

Fred Parent

George Paskert

Billy Payne

Barney Pelty

John Pfiester

Jimmy Phelan

E.J. Phelps

C. Phillippe

Jack Quinn

A. Raymond

Ed Reulbach

Lewis Richie

John Rowan

George Rucker

W.D. Scanlon

Germany Schaefer

George Schlei

Boss Schmidt

F.M. Schulte

Jim Scott

B.H. Sharpe

David Shean (Cubs)

David Shean (Rustlers)

James Sheckard

Hack Simmons

Tony Smith

Fred Snodgrass

Tris Speaker

Jake Stahl

Oscar Stanage

Harry Steinfeldt

George Stone

George Stovall

Gabby Street

George Suggs

Ed Summers

Jeff Sweeney

Lee Tannehill

Ira Thomas

Joe Tinker

John Titus

Terry Turner

James Vaughn

Heinie Wagner

Bobby Wallace (cap)

Bobby Wallace (no cap)

Ed Walsh

Zack Wheat

Doc White

Kirb White

Irwin Wilhelm ‘suffeed’

Ed Willett

Owen Wilson

George Wiltse (both ears)

George Wiltse (one ear)

Harry Wolter

Cy Young

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