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Circa 1910 Ty Cobb Fan - "A Fan For A Fan"
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,288
Rare Ty Cobb fan from the popular "A Fan For A Fan" series, issued circa 1910. Cobb is one of five players featured in the scarce "A Fan For A Fan" series, along with Christy Mathewson, Hal Chase, Larry Doyle and the newly discovered Frank Baker. Prior to the discovery of the Baker fan, Cobb was always considered the most valuable of the group and the "key" to acquiring a complete set. The colorful design for each fan in the series features a beautiful full color portrait of the respective player set against a baseball design with the heading "A Fan For A Fan" above the portrait. A facsimile signature of the respective player appears below. The striking design and colorful graphics of this set make it one of the most attractive and ideal for display of all early baseball issues. It should be noted that these fans have been heavily reproduced, with many of the reproductions artificially aged. Because the reproductions are so commonly encountered on EBay and at flea markets, some collectors might underestimate just how rare the originals are. The reproductions are everywhere. Authentic examples are very rare! In fact, we have offered only three of these rare fans in the past eight years (and this is the first Cobb). This is a tremendous newly discovered example. Ideal for display! Both the front and reverse display moderate surface wear, including what appears to be a light, faded pencil signature (possibly erased) on Cobb's left cheek. Minor border wear and a few tiny abrasions are also evident along the front. In Very Good condition overall. Diameter: 7.25 inches. Handle length: 5.25 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $5,288
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