1909-1911 T206 White Border

T206 Doolin FrontT206 Doolin Back

Manufacturer: American Tobacco Company
Card Dimensions: Approximately 1716” x 2⅝”
Additional Information/14,000 Phillies Commentary: Almost certainly the most famous and the most important of the 20th century tobacco issues. Thanks to the wide array of different backs, there are 146 confirmed different total variations of the 13 basic Phillies cards in the T206 set. Thankfully, modern collectors have a wonderful resource tool, T206Resource.com, for learning about the history of the set, seeing samples of all the different backs, and getting a breakdown of all the variations and levels of scarcity. The cards are not numbered; although both Beckett and SCD employ the same numbering system, which assigns numbers after listing all the players in alphabetical order by last name, they differ in how they handle what appear to be errors rather than variations. This results in slightly differing checklists. For example, Beckett assigns the “Magie” portrait error its own card number while SCD assigns it the same number as the corrected version, appending the numbers with (a) and (b) designations to denote error and corrected card. The SCD system is used in the checklist below.

For the purposes of this checklist, it should be noted that with the exception of the “Magie” error, the “Piedmont 350” and “Sweet Caporal 350, 30” backs are the two only backs with which all the Phillies cards appear. Interestingly, the “Magie” error is only available with the “Piedmont 150” back, which makes sense once you understand the history of the set. In order to more concisely list all the possible variations, each possible T206 back (other than the “Piedmont 350” and “Sweet Caporal 350, 30”) is listed after the primary checklist and is followed by just the assigned numbers of the cards that possess that back. These lists would not have been possible without the help of T206Resource.com. Furthermore, only the confirmed cards as of January 9, 2013 are listed here. The lists will be revised accordingly when confirmations of other player/back combinations take place.

Finally, Topps has recycled the T206 designs on numerous occasions. Most notably, the 2002, 2009, & 2010 Topps 206 sets (the 2002 set includes reprints of the “Magie” error and the corrected version of the card), as well as for its 2010/2011 eTopps T206 Tribute cards. Topps also used it as part of its 2008 Topps Trading Card History inserts, but no Phillies appeared with the design.



William “Kitty” Bransfield
Harry Coveleski
Charles “Red” Dooin
Mickey Doolan (Batting pose)
Mickey Doolan (Fielding pose)
Mickey Doolin (Portrait pose; uncorrected error: last name should be spelled “Doolan”)
Fred Jacklitsch
Otto Knabe
Sherry Magie (Portrait pose, error: last name spelled incorrectly)
Sheery Magee (Portrait pose, corrected)
Sherry Magee (“With Bat” pose)
George McQuillan (“Ball in Hand” pose)
George McQuillan (“With Bat” pose)
John Titus

American Beauty 350 FrameT206 Magee Front
135, 252, 478

American Beauty 350 No Frame
134, 288, 320

American Beauty 460

Broad Leaf 350
135, 252, 478

Broad Leaf 460

Carolina Brights

Cycle 350
135, 252, 478

Cycle 460T206 Knabe Front
134, 288, 320

Drum 350
134, 252, 288, 320, 478

El Principe De Gales
104, 133, 134, 136, 287(b), 288, 319, 320, 478

Hindu Brown
48, 287(b), 319

Hindu Red
134, 288

Lennox Black
288, 320

Lennox Brown

Old MillT206 Jacklitsch Front
104, 134, 136, 224, 288, 319, 320, 478

Polar Bear
134, 288, 320, 478

Piedmont 150
48, 104, 133, 136, 224, 287(a), 287(b), 319

Piedmont 460, 25
134, 288, 320, 134, 288, 320

Sovereign 150
48, 104, 133, 136, 224, 287(b), 319

Sovereign 350 Apple Green
134, 288, 320

Sovereign 350 Forest Green
133, 135, 224, 252, 478

Sweet Caporal 150, 25 &T206 Dooin Front
Sweet Caporal 150, 30

(Checklist the same for both backs)
48, 104, 133, 136, 224, 287(b), 319

Sweet Caporal 150, 649
48, 319

Sweet Caporal 350, 25
48, 104, 134, 135, 136, 224, 252, 287(b), 288, 320, 478

Sweet Caporal 460, 25

Sweet Caporal 460, 42
134, 288

Sweet Caporal 460, 42 Over Print
134, 288, 320

134, 135, 252, 288, 320


5 responses to “1909-1911 T206 White Border

  1. Speaking of white borders…well, this news doesn’t really fit anywhere so this is as good a place as any. I was at my local Philly area Toys-R-Us with my daughter and I drifted over to see whether 2013 Topps were in yet. They aren’t, but they did have a good “oddball” item–a 4-pack of Phillies glossy 5×7 white-bordered photos for $4.49. The photos were attractive action shots of two now-ex-Phillies, Pence and Worley, and also of Halladay and Rollins. Interesting choice for the pack. Two of them were wearing the 1970s hey reminded me of the 1960s “team photo packs” that used to be sold, as I understand, at the stadium, which were essentially the predecessors to the Photocard sets of today.

    Anyway, they are enough like cards that I felt the need to add one to my collection, and while I doubt they will ever be valuable, I can see them being hard-to-find in the future, so you may want to pick up a set now.

  2. Typo in there–I meant to say two of them were wearing the 1970s/1980s throwback uniforms and two were wearing the home day uniforms. They are nice-looking photos.

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