The T206 baseball card set, produced between 1909 and 1911, is one of the most iconic and sought-after collections in the sports card hobby. The set is celebrated for its extensive roster of Hall of Famers and its beautiful, lithographic art. Among this esteemed collection is the card of William “Bunk” Congalton, an outfielder who played in the Major Leagues from 1902 to 1907. Although not as renowned as some of his contemporaries, Congalton’s card holds value for collectors due to the rarity of the American Beauty 350 frame variation.
The American Beauty 350 with frame is one of several back variations in the T206 set, making cards with this back highly prized among collectors. These cards were originally packaged with American Beauty cigarettes, and the “350” denotes the number of subjects promised in the set, although the actual number exceeds this. The “MK” designation indicates that the card has been marked, typically affecting its grade but adding a unique aspect to its history.
The card’s PSA 1 MK grade signifies it has experienced significant wear but retains historical and collectible value. Collectors often seek cards in various conditions, appreciating them as tangible pieces of baseball history.