1912 T227 Honest Long Cut Ty Cobb

Sold For: $2,350

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 228

Item Year: 1912

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Attractive mid-grade example of the legendary Ty Cobb from the 1912 T227 tobacco series, issued by Miners Extra and Honest Long Cut. This is one of Ty Cobb's rarest and most unusual tobacco cards. The T227 Cobb is far rarer than the T205 or T206 tobacco cards of Ty Cobb, but because T227s so rarely survive in technically high grades, they are rarely the focus of high-grade collectors. It is generally believed that T227s were packaged in tobacco pouches without protection from either tobacco or general handling. T227 "Series of Champions" cards are unique in design, and have the look of "giant T206s." There are only twenty-five cards in the set, including four ballplayers. This is a very attractive card, with a far superior appearance than suggested by its technically accurate assigned grade. In GOOD condition, perfectly centered, with brilliant colors, evenly rounded corners, and several creases. The reverse of the card features a biography of Cobb and advertising for Honest Long Cut Tobacco. Though graded only Good by SGC, this is a very respectable example this classic Ty Cobb card, much better than often seen (and this is confirmed not just by our personal experience but also by SGC and PSA population reports). A very attractive mid-grade example of the key card from this rare, uniquely designed, and in our opinion, extremely overlooked tobacco issue. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,350

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