A Look at the 21 Known Errors in the T205 Set

Pre-War Card Magazine

The 1911 T205 set is one of the most popular pre-war issues around. And the fact that it’s less than half the size of the monstrous T206 issue makes it more attainable for collectors.

T205 has 208 base cards in its standard set. That’s the number required to be considered complete. But while that number includes several pose variations, it doesn’t include the many errors found in the release.

Currently, there are 21 errors that are widely known to the hobby for a total of 228 cards. More are likely to exist as several have been found in recent years. I recently found one for John Titus just last year and documented it on this site. As I continue to dig more into this set, I expect to find others.

Here’s an in-depth look at the 21 additional known errors in the set.

1. Hal Chase – Frame Extends

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With Sportflics, collecting again is moving experience

Preserve The Hobby

Original Posting Date: April 10, 1994

Original Author: Ruth Sadler

In 1986, Optigraphics gave a new meaning to action photos on sports cards.

The company’s baseball card set was called Sportflics. When the cards were moved, the alternating photos made the image appear to move, too.

The idea wasn’t new. Such moving images, often caricatures, have appeared on pencil sharpeners, rings and other trinkets for years. But applying the concept to photos and baseball cards was new.

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Another First for Pinnacle Brands?

Wax Heaven

Last night I took part in a very fun podcast interview with Ryan of the R-Rated Sports Card Show. One of the things we discussed was my love for Pinnacle Brands. We already know Pinnacle was the first company to produce a pack-inserted “one of one”, the first to release “rip cards”, the first to release printing plates and are responsible for perhaps the greatest high-end product of the 90s, Totally Certified.

For their many innovations, Pinnacle Brands also hit their fair share of duds including cards in cans, cards with coins embedded into them, and other wacky ideas. However, as Twitter user MJ pointed out, Pinnacle may have at the very least been the inspiration for Topps’ rainbow parallels that either rule or plague the hobby these days, depending on what collector you ask.

Clearly, Topps was no where near these colorful cards in the late 90s. Topps had…

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Thinking Too Much About 2018 Topps Heritage

The Shlabotnik Report

I’m sure everybody’s already seen someone else’s post about 2018 Heritage, but I wanted to bring my own perspective to the newly-released set.  Some of this likely comes across as nit-pick-y, but I don’t mean it to be critical, it’s more along the lines of “Hey, I’m analytical and visually-oriented and I noticed this – isn’t it interesting?”

One of the first things I did was run upstairs, pull out my 1969 Topps cards and fetch a 1969 Topps Ed Charles card to put up against my 2018 Topps Heritage Wilmer Flores card:

One of the things I noticed off the bat was how much brighter the 1969 card is “in hand”.  The white border matches up nicely, but it seems to be more that the current photos are more saturated and “hi def”.

The second thing I noticed… well, “noticed” isn’t the right word because other people had pointed…

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Unrivaled: Why T206 Remains the Top Baseball Card Set of All Time

Pre-War Card Magazine

Over the years, collectors have offered differing opinions when it comes to the determining the best baseball card set of all time. With thousands of issues, after all, there are plenty choose from.

The 1933 Goudey set, full of its stars, squareness, and history of being the most recognizable gum issue is there. So is the 1951 Bowman set with its rookie cards of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays – the two most popular players for an entire generation of collectors. A year later came the landmark 1952 Topps set. All fine sets with credible claims as top five issues.

But if we’re serious about this thing, folks, there’s only one set that can stake a true claim to being the best issue in the best hobby around – and that’s the T206 white border set.

If you’re a newb to the pre-war era, here’s a rundown on the…

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How Fleer Won the Parallel Battle but Lost the War

Wax Heaven

In the height of this blog’s popularity, Topps’ Superfractor parallel ruled the hobby. It was a craze which I didn’t understand. Looking back, I see it was all about the “1 of 1” and essentially having the best parallel, from the most popular brand of any given prospect that was hot at the time. These days, Topps has mixed things up quite a bit to keep collectors from getting Superfractor burnout. Panini America also has their own version of the Superfractor, which is like the Walmart version of a Target product. The “Gold Vinyl” cards look good, I suppose, but Panini came to the party WAY too late.

Ironically, while Panini America clearly ripped off Topps’ Superfractor design, the true Godfather of the Superfractor, in my opinion, comes from 1992 Donruss Elite inserts. Why is that ironic? Because Panini America owns and uses the Donruss license so technically…

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Is Upper Deck Due for A Comeback?

Wax Heaven

Like a lot of things in my life, I have a love/hate relationship with the Topps Company. For one, I have been absolutely addicted to their Finest brand since 1996 and have been a Refractor junkie for almost as long. These days, I classify myself more as a nostalgia card blogger than a bonafide card collector. I’d much rather write about cards from the 90s than spend money on 2018 products, it’s just a fact. If I were to buy cards outside of my Jose Canseco collection it would most certainly be from a late-90s Skybox/Fleer or Pinnacle/Leaf release. That being said, all you need to do is look at some of my latest posts to see that I am a fan of Topps baseball cards. With that being said, I am very unhappy.

I am collector who lives for the days of being able to choose. I love pizza…

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