Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Classic Ty Cobb card from the T205 Gold Border series, one of the most popular of all 1910-era tobacco issues, in exceptionally high grade for this issue, with an American Beauty back. American Beauty is a scarce back, certainly not in the same league as Drum or Hindu, but very unusual and seen far less often than the standard Piedmont, Hassan, or Sweet Caporal advertising backs. The card displays even wear on the corners (a little more wear on the upper right), the most minute hint of chipping to the gold at the extreme edge of the left border; otherwise the easily chipped gold borders are without any white whatsoever showing. The card is bright and clean, with striking colors, no creases or wrinkles, and is centered slightly to the bottom. The reverse is perfectly clean with bold green text. This is a very attractive and high-grade example of the key card from this extremely condition-sensitive set. Strong Vg-Ex condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.
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