‘It’s In The Details’
|Size||1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
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T212 Obak Overview
The T212 Obak cards make up three different minor league sets. The three issues span three years as they were printed in 1909, 1910 (two sets), and 1911.
Fronts feature color photographs with player names and teams. Backs are different for all three series and printed in either blue or red ink.
The 1909 set includes 76 cards and features the Obak logo on the back in calligraphic-style font. 1910 features cards with different backs. One says there are 150 cards in the set while another says 175. Players with the ‘150 subjects’ back are also found with the ‘175 subjects’ back. Finally, the 1911 set includes yet another back with red ink.
Because the 1910 sets have backs that advertise both 150 cards and 175 cards, some may classify those as two different issues. I have not, however, because the card fronts used for each of those backs are the same regardless of the back.
The 1909 and 1911 sets feature the two biggest cards in the series – a pair of 1919 Chicago Black Sox teammates. The 1909 release included Chick Gandil while the 1911 set has Buck Weaver.
In addition to those cards, the set is also known for one card of an obscure minor leaguer famously named Ten Million (yes, that was his real name). Ten Million never made it tot he major leagues but his card still sells for a few hundred dollars, even in low-grade condition.
Million got his legendary name reportedly from either his mother or grandmother.
Million’s career didn’t last too long. He debuted in 1911 with the Victoria Bees, the team featured on his T212 Obak card, at the age of 21. He nearly made it to the major leagues in 1912 but an injury sidelined him and he stayed in the minors that season with Tacoma and Sioux City. In 2013, he played for Tacoma and Spokane and 2014 saw him play for Tacoma and also for Moose Jaw in the Western Canada League. Knee problems ended his career.
T212 Obak Backs
While the 1910 card backs state either 150 or 175 cards, it should be noted that many slightly different backs exist for the cards touting 175 cards. They are mostly the same but have different slogans printed on them. Here is a collection of them.
T212 Obak Checklist
The four sets that comprise the T212 Obak complete set are listed below.
- 1909 Obak (blue calligraphic back) – 76 cards
- 1910 Obak (blue 150-card/175-card back) – 175 cards
- 1911 Obak (red back) – 175 cards