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The T205 Baseball Card set was produced in 1911 by the American Tobacco Company. 

The cards inside were distributed through the 11 different cigarette brands owned by the parent company.

While a lot of collectors may think the T205 cards come before the T206 set, they were actually a follow-up to the monster set.

Like many of the other tobacco card sets, the name designation came from Jefferson Burdick’s book The American Card Catalog. 

Consisting of over 200 cards, the T205 Baseball Card set is much easier to complete than the previous one.

Unlike the T206 set, there are no Big 4. Most of the cards can be acquired if you have the capital. The issues though is all the variations and errors within the set.

While some players like Roger Bresnahan and Eddie Collins have multiple cards, it’s nothing like the t206 set where players can have up to 5. The insane amount of cards for players ballooned the set to 524 cards.

While the set is shortened, there are still a lot of the best players from the game including: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Cy Young, and Christy Mathewson.

It also includes over 27 Hall of farmers!

What makes the T205s stand out is the designs on the card.

The gold leaf colored cards are some of the most eye appealing cards in the hobby.

But with the gold leaf design, the wear on these cards is very easy.

High grade examples are nearly impossible to find. And there are currently only 4 9s ever graded.

It has different designs for American, National, and Minor league players.

American: The American league cards have a diamond frame that features a baseball, two bats, and catchers equipment. 

National: The National league cards have large portrait shots with the an autograph below the picture. It’s actually the first time a signature appeared on a card. A tradition that still takes place 100 years later.

Minor: Minor league cards have an elaborate design that features columns on both side

Like other tobacco cards, the 1911 T205 cards measure 1-7/16″ by 2-5/8″.

Originally, it’s believed that the T205 set was going to be a large release like that of the T206 cards.

On the back it says: Baseball Series 400 Designs. This was common with Pre War Sets as even later cards like Goudey promised large releases which they never produced.

In total there are 232 cards identified in the set. 208 normal cards and 24 error/variations.

T205 Card Backs

The following brands are featured on the backs of t205 cards. Here is the order of scarcity


Sweet Caporal 

Polar Bear



Honest Long Cut


American Beauty

Broad Leaf



Notable Cards

Addie Joss

Addie Joss passed away due to tubercular meningitis before the start of the 1911 season. He was only 31.

This card was a tribute to his life and career. Joss is the only player to make the Hall of Fame without playing a full 10 seasons.

Ty Cobb

This is Ty Cobbs only card in the set. Any pre war or tobacco collector will want this in their PC.

Ty Cobb is the best player featured in this set. And unlike the T206 cards, he only has 1 making it much more difficult to acquire then a T206.

Christy Matthewson

Christy Matthewson has two cards in the set. While both are valuable, his cycle error card is even more expensive. 

They list him as only losing 1 game the year before. And while the error was never corrected, many still desire the “Error” card.

Walter Johnson

Probably the greatest pitcher of all time. Walter johnson was the 2nd best player in the game at the time behind Ty Cobb.

Cy Young

Cy Young has a large following due to the pitching award. Tons of collectors will want any card with his name on it.

T205 Set Checklist

Ed Abbaticchio – Boston Rustlers

Doc Adkins – Baltimore Orioles

Leon Ames – New York Giants

Jimmy Archer – Chicago Cubs

Jimmy Austin – New York Yankees

Bill Bailey – St. Louis Browns

Home Run Baker – Philadelphia Athletics

Neal Ball – Cleveland Naps

E.B. Barger – Brooklyn Dodgers

Jack Barry – Philadelphia Athletics

Emil Batch – Rochester Bronchos

Johnny Bates – Philadelphia Phillies

Fred Beck – Boston Rustlers

Beals Becker – New York Giants

George Bell – Brooklyn Dodgers

Chief Bender – Philadelphia Athletics

Bill Bergen – Brooklyn Dodgers

Bob Bescher – Cincinnati Reds

Joe Birmingham – Cleveland Naps

Lena Blackburne – Chicago White Sox

William E. Bransfield – Philadelphia Phillies

Roger Bresnahan – St. Louis Cardinals

Al Bridwell – New York Giants

Mordecai Brown – Chicago Cubs

Bobby Byrne – Pittsburgh Pirates

Hick Cady – Newark Indians

Howie Camnitz – Pittsburgh Pirates

Bill Carrigan – Boston Red Sox

Frank Chance – Chicago Cubs

Hal Chase – New York Yankees

Eddie Cicotte – Boston Red Sox

Fred Clarke – Pittsburgh Pirates

Ty Cobb – Detroit Tigers

Eddie Collins – Philadelphia Athletics

Jimmy Collins – Providence Grays

Frank J. Corridon – St. Louis Cardinals

Otis Crandall – New York Giants

Lou Criger – New York Yankees

Bill Dahlen – Brooklyn Dodgers

Jake Daubert – Brooklyn Dodgers

Jim Delehanty – Detroit Tigers

Arthur Devlin – New York Giants

Josh Devore – New York Giants

W.R. Dickson – New York Giants

Jiggs Donahue – Chicago White Sox

Red Dooin – Philadelphia Phillies

Mickey Doolan – Philadelphia Phillies

Patsy Dougherty – Chicago White Sox

Tom Downey – Cincinnati Reds

Larry Doyle – New York Giants

Hugh Duffy – Chicago White Sox

Jack Dunn – Baltimore Orioles

Jimmy Dygert – Philadelphia Athletics

Dick Egan – Cincinnati Reds

Kid Elberfeld – Washington Senators

Clyde Engle – Boston Red Sox

Louis Evans – St. Louis Cardinals

Johnny Evers – Chicago Cubs

Bob Ewing – Philadelphia Phillies

George Ferguson – Boston Rustlers

Ray Fisher – New York Yankees

Art Fletcher – New York Giants

John Flynn – Pittsburgh Pirates

Russ Ford – New York Yankees

Bill Foxen – Chicago Cubs

Jimmy Frick – Newark Indians

Art Fromme – Cincinnati Reds

Earle Gardner – New York Yankees

Harry Gaspar – Cincinnati Reds

George Gibson – Pittsburgh Pirates

Wilbur Good – Boston Rustlers

George Graham – Chicago Cubs

Eddie Grant – Cincinnati Reds

Dolly Gray – Washington Senators

Clark Griffith – Cincinnati Reds

Bob Groom – Washington Senators

Charlie Hanford – Jersey City Skeeters

Bob Harmon – St. Louis Cardinals

Topsy Hartsel – Philadelphia Athletics

Arnold J. Hauser – St. Louis Cardinals

Charlie Hemphill – New York Yankees

C.L. Herzog – Boston Rustlers

Dick Hoblitzell – Cincinnati Reds

Danny Hoffman – St. Louis Browns

Miller Huggins – St. Louis Cardinals

John Hummel – Brooklyn Dodgers

Fred Jacklitsch – Philadelphia Phillies

Hughie Jennings – Detroit Tigers

Walter Johnson – Washington Senators

Davy Jones – Detroit Tigers

Tom Jones – Detroit Tigers

Addie Joss – Cleveland Naps

Ed Karger – Boston Red Sox

Ed Killian – Detroit Tigers

Red Kleinow – Boston Red Sox

Johnny Kling – Chicago Cubs

John Knight – New York Yankees

Ed Konetchy – St. Louis Cardinals

Harry Krause – Philadelphia Athletics

Floyd M. Kroh – Chicago Cubs

Frank LaPorte – St. Louis Browns

Frank Lange – Chicago White Sox

Arlie Latham – New York Giants

Tommy Leach – Pittsburgh Pirates

Watty Lee – Newark Indians

Sam Leever – Pittsburgh Pirates

Lefty Leifield – Pittsburgh Pirates

Ed Lennox – Brooklyn Dodgers

Paddy Livingston – Philadelphia Athletics

Hans Lobert – Philadelphia Phillies

Bris Lord – Philadelphia Athletics

Harry Lord – Chicago White Sox

John C. Lush – St. Louis Cardinals

Nick Maddox – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sherry Magee – Philadelphia Phillies

Rube Marquard – New York Giants

Christy Mathewson – New York Giants

Al Mattern – Boston Rustlers

Sport McAllister – Newark Indians

George McBride – Washington Senators

Amby McConnell – Chicago White Sox

Pryor McElveen – Brooklyn Dodgers

John J. McGraw – New York Giants

Harry McIntyre – Chicago Cubs

Matty McIntyre – Chicago White Sox

Larry McLean – Cincinnati Reds

Fred Merkle – New York Giants

George Merritt – Buffalo Bisons

Chief Meyers – New York Giants

Clyde Milan – Washington Senators

Dots Miller – Pittsburgh Pirates

Mike Mitchell – Cincinnati Reds

Pat Moran – Philadelphia Phillies

George Moriarty – Detroit Tigers

George Mullin – Detroit Tigers

Danny Murphy – Philadelphia Athletics

Jack Murray – New York Giants

John Nee – Newark Indians

Tom Needham – Chicago Cubs

Rebel Oakes – St. Louis Cardinals

Rube Oldring – Philadelphia Athletics

Charley O’Leary – Detroit Tigers

Fred Olmstead – Chicago White Sox

Orval Overall – Chicago Cubs

Freddy Parent – Chicago White Sox

Dode Paskert – Philadelphia Phillies

Fred Payne – Chicago White Sox

Barney Pelty – St. Louis Browns

Jack Pfiester – Chicago Cubs

Jimmy Phelan – Providence Grays

Ed Phelps – St. Louis Cardinals

Deacon Phillippe – Pittsburgh Pirates

Jack Quinn – New York Yankees

Bugs Raymond – New York Giants

Ed Reulbach – Chicago Cubs

Lewis Richie – Chicago Cubs

John Rowan – Philadelphia Phillies

Nap Rucker – Brooklyn Dodgers

W.D. Scanlan – Brooklyn Dodgers

Germany Schaefer – Washington Senators

Admiral Schlei – New York Giants

Boss Schmidt – Detroit Tigers

Frank Schulte – Chicago Cubs

Jim Scott – Chicago White Sox

Bud Sharpe – Boston Rustlers

David Shean – Boston Rustlers

Jimmy Sheckard – Chicago Cubs

Hack Simmons – Detroit Tigers

Tony Smith – Brooklyn Dodgers

Fred Snodgrass – New York Giants

Tris Speaker – Boston Red Sox

Jake Stahl – Boston Red Sox

Oscar Stanage – Detroit Tigers

Harry Steinfeldt – Chicago Cubs

George Stone – St. Louis Browns

George Stovall – Cleveland Naps

Gabby Street – Washington Senators

George Suggs – Cincinnati Reds

Ed Summers – Detroit Tigers

Jeff Sweeney – New York Yankees

Lee Tannehill – Chicago White Sox

Ira Thomas – Philadelphia Athletics

Joe Tinker – Chicago Cubs

John Titus – Philadelphia Phillies

Terry Turner – Cleveland Naps

James Vaughn – New York Yankees

Heinie Wagner – Boston Red Sox

Bobby Wallace – St. Louis Browns

Ed Walsh – Chicago White Sox

Zack Wheat – Brooklyn Dodgers

Doc White – Chicago White Sox

Kirby White – Pittsburgh Pirates

Kaiser Wilhelm – Brooklyn Dodgers

Ed Willett – Detroit Tigers

Chief Wilson – Pittsburgh Pirates

Hooks Wiltse – New York Giants

Harry Wolter – New York Yankees

Cy Young – Cleveland Naps

t205 Variations

E.B. Barger – full “B” on hat

E.B. Barger – partial “B” on hat

Roger Bresnahan – mouth closed

Roger Bresnahan – mouth open

Hal Chase – gold diamond frame ends below shoulders

Hal Chase – gold diamond frame ends at shoulders

Eddie Collins – mouth closed

Eddie Collins – mouth open

Otis Crandall – “t” in name is crossed

Otis Crandall – “t” in name not crossed

Patsy Dougherty – Sox sock icon filled with red

Patsy Dougherty – Sox sock icon filled with white

Russ Ford – black cap

Russ Ford – white cap

Dolly Gray – no stats on back

Dolly Gray – stats on back

Bob Harmon – shows both ears

Bob Harmon – shows left ear

Dick Hoblitzell – no stats on back

Dick Hoblitzell – “Cin.” listed after 1908 in stats

Dick Hoblitzell – name incorrectly listed as “Hobitzel”

Dick Hoblitzell – “Cin.” not listed after 1908

Arlie Latham – Listed as A. Latham on back

Arlie Latham – Listed as W.A. Latham on back

Lefty Leifield – Listed as A. Leifield on front

Lefty Leifield – Listed as A. P. Leifield on front

Christy Mathewson – W/L record on back shows “37-1” instead of “37-11”

Pat Moran – no line under stats

Pat Moran – line under stats

Bobby Wallace – one line of 1910 stats

Bobby Wallace – two lines of 1910 stats

Irwin K. Wilhelm – missing letter “r” in suffered

Hooks Wiltse – shows both ears

Hooks Wiltse – shows left ear

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