T206 Frank Chance Chicago Nat'l Polar Bear Back, Rare!!

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  • Item Category: Natural History
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 30, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Frank Leroy Chance ( September 9 , 1877 âe" September 15 , 1924 ) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century. Performing the roles of first baseman and manager , Chance led the Chicago Cubs to four National League championships in the span of five years (1906-1910) and earned the nickname "The Peerless Leader".

Born in Fresno, California , Chance began his career in 1898 with the Chicago Cubs and played irregularly until 1902 . In 1903 he asserted himself with a .327 batting average , 67 stolen bases and 81 RBI in 441 at-bats. Chance was the first player ever ejected from a World Series game, doing so in Game 3 of the 1910 World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics. He was part of the infield trio remembered in " Baseball's Sad Lexicon ," a poem by newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams first published in 1910 and also known as " Tinker to Evers to Chance."

Chance took over as Chicago's manager in 1905 , taking the helm of a very good team. Although his playing time decreased towards the end of the decade, as a manager he proved inspirational. The Cubs won the NL pennant in 1906 , 1907 , 1908 and 1910 and won the World Series in 1907 and 1908. He left the Cubs after the 1912 season to manage the New York Yankees , which he did for two seasons. He returned to his native California, and owned and managed the Los Angeles (Pacific Coast League) team in 1916-17. After a brief retirement, he returned to coach the Boston Red Sox in 1923 before retiring for good. His nickname as a manager was "the Peerless Leader," and his lifetime record as a manager was 946-648. He died at age 48. He is interred in the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery , Los Angeles, California . Frank Chance was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946 .

You are bidding on a Beautiful, Authentic Frank Chance, Chicago Nat'l Polar Bear (RARE) T206 Baseball Tobacco Card from 1909-1911. My father owned a baseball card and memorabilia store in Milwaukee, WI for many years and passed his most valued cards down to me. I was in contact with the Robert Edward Vintage Baseball Card Auction late last year, and they agreed to accept my collection of 75 T206s to sell in this years auction, but I was deployed (I serve in the US Air Force) before being able to ship them out to them. Upon return from deployment I ran into some tougher times and decided to sell 25 of the 75 cards on ebay. Well, they did better than I expected, so at this time I have decided to sell the remaining 50. I have entertained the possibility of grading them before selling them, as the value would definitely increase, but I don't have the time....my loss is your gain. I scanned both sides of each T206 myself, and I guarantee their authenticity. Please feel free to contact me with ANY questions, as I know that T206s are very closely scrutinized before purchase. My scanner is of very good quality and it shows every discrepancy, usually much better than the naked eye does. Please see the feedback of the 20 T206s that I just sold, as all of the buyers were VERY impressed with the product that they received.


The shipping and handling will be $3.00 in the U S and $4.00 to Canada and most other places. Please let me know if insurance is wanted, please add appropriate insurance cost to total payment. I will ship the card within 48 hours of payment, securely and in a bubble envelope. I accept Paypal( CONFIRMED ADDRESSES ONLY, NO EXCEPTIONS ) OR money orders. I ask that payment be made within 5 days from the end of the auction to avoid all the negative stuff that goes with being a non paying bidder .

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