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1910 Brush Automobile Advertising Postcards: Ty Cobb and George Mullin (2)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,937.50
Two incredibly rare advertising postcards, one featuring Ty Cobb (PSA EX 5 [MK]) and the other featuring George Mullin (SGC VG/EX 50), from the extremely fascinating and highly regarded Brush Automobile postcard set. These cards are part of a postcard set which was issued in 1910 by the Detroit-based Brush Automobile Company featuring Detroit Tigers players endorsing Brush automobiles. This is certainly one of the rarest and earliest sets ever produced which used ballplayers to prominently endorse and advertise a product. Though only five cards are currently checklisted in The Standard Catalog, it is believed that other Tigers players were also part of the set and have yet to be checklisted. The endorsement of the Tigers, including Ty Cobb, may not have hurt, but apparently wasn't enough to make the Brush brand a long-lasting success. Brush automobiles were produced only from 1907 to 1912. In addition to its great rarity, this set of postcards is also noted for its exciting design. Each card displays an image of a player from the 1909 American League Champion Detroit Tigers posing with a Brush automobile, wearing a suit or uniform, with a poetic caption relating to the player. Cobb’s caption reads: “Ty Cobb’s the man who kills the ball./He won a pennant for us last fall”. This is one of the most striking and certainly one of the rarest of all Ty Cobb cards. We would be surprised if more than five examples are known to exist. Each of the two offered cards is bright and clean, both front and back, with perfect image quality, and just a little hint of corner wear. Both cards have never been mailed. The Mullin has no writing on its traditional postcard reverse. The Cobb has a neatly written short note on the reverse which reads: “Did you ever hear of Cobb before? George.” Who ever George was, either he lived in a cave, not knowing the great “Georgia Peach”, or he was just kidding. These are two exceptionally rare postcards, highlighted by one of the rarest and most interesting cards ever issued of the era's most legendary star. Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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