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1909 E102 Anonymous "Set of 25" Ty Cobb Rookie
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,303.50
Very attractive example of the rare E102 "Set of 25" candy card featuring the legendary Ty Cobb leaning on his bat. While Ty Cobb was included in virtually every candy-card issue from the 1910 era, this yellow-background pose of Cobb is considered by many to be the most attractive of the few Cobb caramel-card designs. The manufacturer of E102 is unknown. The fronts are identical in design to the E101 "Set of 50" related issue. Of special note, this card is considered by some collectors to be Ty Cobb's rookie card, though a number of other issues can also lay claim to that important distinction. It is, without question, one of Cobb's earliest cards, and is very likely "tied" for the earliest insert card ever issued of "The Georgia Peach." This card has been graded POOR 10 by SGC, but it presents at a far superior level than suggested by the technically accurate grade. The card is bright and crisp, with bold colors, evenly rounded corners, and centered to the right. Two tiny pinholes, one at the top border and the other underneath the nameplate, account for the technical grade along with a light horizontal crease most easily visible from the reverse. The reverse, which provides a checklist for the issue, is free of paper loss with only a small ink mark underlining "Dooin" on the checklist and the slightest hint of light glue residue. In 1909, Cobb led the league in every major batting category, including batting average, hits, runs scored, total bases, home runs, and RBIs. This is an extremely attractive yet relatively affordable example of one of Cobb's most striking and highly regarded cards dating from the very beginning of his career as one of baseball's greatest stars. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,303.50
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