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1912 S81 Large Silk Premium #102 Ty Cobb
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $8,888
Striking and very rarely seen example of legendary Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the 1912 S81 Large Silk tobacco-premium issue. The S81 silks could only be obtained by mail, in exchange for twenty tobacco coupons per silk. The redeemable coupons were inserted one coupon per pack, so it is not surprising that these premiums are extremely rare. Ty Cobb, of course, is the key Hall of Famer in the set, which includes just twenty-five subjects, and this is one of the rarest and most desirable of all Ty Cobb tobacco issues. The illustration of Cobb used in the S81 premium silk set is identical to those used in the T3 Turkey Red set and the rare L1 Leather set, all of which were part of this same promotion. This is a beautiful example. It has a flawless image area with extremely bold, bright colors, and perfect registration. Some very slight fraying at the top and bottom, as is almost always the case with large silks, and a very faint moisture stain at top right, otherwise in Excellent condition. This is a magnificent example of Ty Cobb from one of the rarest and most classic of all 1910-era tobacco-premium issues. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $8,888
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