American Beauty cards were issued with both the 350 and 460 Series of T206s.
In both cases the design is printed in green. They are somewhat uncommon, but
are not considered rarities by most collectors. The 350 Series cards appear
with two variations; one shows a frame around the edge of the card, the other
does not. For whatever reason, the frameless variation is more often seen
with those cards that were issued in both the 350 and 460 Series. The frameless
variation also seems to be more difficult to obtain, but is not an extreme rarity.
The 460 Series cards were only issued in the frameless variation, and are tougher
to obtain than the 350 Series. It is important to
note that American Beauties are a little narrower than other T206s; they are not
trimmed. However, this is a normal condition as the
American Beauty tobacco package was a bit smaller than the other brands.
Broadleaf cigarettes were printed in
a dark brown and appear with two backs.
The 460 Series back is especially difficult to obtain and as rare as Drum back.
Carolina Brights are another rare
T206 back, often demanding premiums up
to twice that of common cards. Issued in
black with a distinctive wreath worked into
the design, these cards are usually
associated with cards that only appeared
in the 350 Series. Some cards which
appeared in both the 350 and 460 Series
may also be found with Carolina Brights
advertising on their backs, but these are
tougher to find.
Cycle also printed in black, was
issued with two backs which specify the
respective Series. Cycles first appeared
with the 350 Series, and are fairly
uncommon. They also appeared with a 460
Series back; these are somewhat rarer than
those from the 350 Series. These cards
generally demand a small premium over
the price of a common card.
Drum cards were only issued with a
350 Series back and were printed in purple.
Aside from the Ty Cobb, Drum backs are amazingly tough.
El Principe de Gales issued cards in
all three phases of the T206 set's
distribution but do not specify the Series
on the back. They are printed in red. El Principes
are not as common as other brands, but are
not rare enough to demand a premium for
their scarcity. El Principe de Gales translated to "the Prince of Wales"
Hindu backs are perhaps the most
distinctive T206 cards. Issued with a
unique design, showing "Hindu" in a scroll
over the top of the card, they were printed
in both brown and red. The brown Hindus
first appeared with the 150 Series cards,
although they are not so designated. These
cards should demand approximately the
same premium as the Cycles, but are often
priced higher. They were also issued with
the Southern, South Atlantic, and Virginia
League players. These are very rare,
comprising less than 5% of the Southern
League cards. These subsequently demand
a significant premium over those Southern
League cards with Piedmont or Old Mill
backs. Red Hindus apparently showed up
later in the T206 process.
The reds are quite rare and will only be found on cards that are not
known with brown Hindu back.
Learn about Brown/Red Hindu
Lenox cards are rare but not as rare as Drum or Uzit. They are mostly printed in black and
a few Lenox backs have been found in brown. They are
generally seen with cards issued in the 460
Series. Lenox brown backs typically command a
premium similar to the 460 Series
Learn about Black/Brown Lenox
Old Mill is another common back printed in black, and
was issued at all times during the T206 set's
distribution. There are two different backs.
The first advertises Old Mill cigarettes, and
was issued with major and minor league
players. The second Old Mill back is only found
with the 48 Southern League players
and specifically promotes the
Southern, South Atlantic, Texas and
Virginia Leagues. Recently, a few specimens have been found on Southern League players
with Old Mill back printed in brown. These brown Old Mill are exceedingly rare
and tougher than those brown Lenox variations.
Learn about Black/Brown Old Mill SL
Piedmont backs are the
most common in the T206 set.
Approximately half of all T206s
were issued with Piedmont
Cigarettes advertised on the
back. Piedmonts were issued
throughout the life of the set,
including the scarce Southern
League series. There is,
however, one variation among
the Piedmonts which ranks with
Uzit or Drum in its rarity. In the 350-460
Series, most Piedmont cards were issued
at Factory No. 25. A small number were
apparently issued at Factory No. 42. These
cards are rare, and only a dozen have been seen over the past few
years. Despite this rarity, they can be found
as cheaply as typical Piedmont cards.
Polar Bear cards are distinctive, being
the only T206 cards with white printing on
a dark background. While not identified
as belonging to any Series, Polar Bears
appear to have been issued with many of
the T206 cards of the 350 and 460 Series,
including the famous Demmitt and O'Hara St. Louis
variations. Polar Bears are common cards,
and are often stained, since they were packaged
with scrap tobacco instead of cigarettes.
Sovereign cigarettes issued cards in
all three series of the T206 set. Printed in
green, the printing color varied from light
to dark, but these are not variations. They
are commonly seen, and no series may be
said to be rare, although the 460 Series
appears less often than the other two.
Sweet Caporal cards are almost as
common as Piedmonts, and were also
issued during all phases of the T206
distribution, but are not seen with Southern
Leaguers. A total of nine Sweet Caporal
backs may be found, and most are very
common. Three were issued with the 150
Series, at Factories 25, 30, and 649.
Factory 649 overprint, with a red bar blocks out the old factory, is tougher to
find. Two more
were issued with the 350 Series, at
Factories 25 and 30. Neither back is rare.
Lastly, four backs appeared in conjunction
with the 350-460 Series. One appears as
all other Sweet Caporal backs, and the other
as an overprint, an ornate design is used to block out a previous
factory designation. Among this Series, the
Factory 25 and the Factory 42 overprint
variation are the less common, but demand
no price premium.
Tolstoi backs resemble the Piedmonts
in design, but are printed in black, and do
not designate which Series they were issued
with. They are usually seen with cards
from the 350 or 460 series, and are about
as rare as the El Principes or American
Ty Cobb backs are the rarest in
existence. There are only a dozen
known, and are only seen with Ty Cobb
Portrait with Red Background.
Due to the low number in existence, some collectors are curious whether
the card was actually issued. Some collectors don't even consider such back
as part of the T206 set since all Ty Cobb backs (except one) has glossy coating on the front which
are similar to T213-2 Coupon Tobacco series.
Uzit backs are even tougher to find
than Lenox's and are seen with those cards
issued only in the 460 Series. Printed in
light blue. These cards demand a premium slightly
greater than Lenox.
Uzit backs are even tougher....
Rare cards, like T206 cards, are considered hard to find based upon the number of
cards originally distributed. The cards in the best quality are valued at a high
price. The fact the the cards are so rare, also generally mean that they cost more
than cards that are easy to obtain. Some collectors will do anything they have to to
obtain these rare cards for their collections
that they will spend incredible amounts of money to do so. People have gone so far as to say "I'd sell my car for
that card" and any number of their other
possessions as well, especially if the card
is extremely rare. If you're a collector willing to say "I'll sell my car for a rare
card" there are plenty of places like this to help you in your endeavor. With the
money you can collect from selling your car and other possessions you'll be sure to
have enough money to collect all the rare cards your heart desires.
Learn about Selling/Rarity and Value.
Checklist - Regular Backs Checklist (with Images)
Checklist - Backs Checklist in Scarcity Order
Periodicals - Color Variations on T206 Backs
Discussion Forum - Brown & Red Hindu back on a same pose