1912 T227 Miners Extra Ty Cobb

Sold For: $2,938

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 239

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Exceptionally attractive example of the key card of Ty Cobb from the 1912 T227 tobacco series, issued by Miners Extra and Honest Long Cut. This is a particualrly impressive example of one of Ty Cobb's rarest and most unusual tobacco cards, which has a much stronger appearance than its technically accurate SGC-assigned grade. The front is Vg-Ex (which is very strong for a T227) but the card has been appropriately downgraded by SGC due to a small tape stain (possibly from a stamp hinge) and a small area of surface paper loss on the back in the upper left portion of the card on the reverse. The T227 Cobb is literally more than one-hundred times rarer than the T205 or T206 tobacco cards of Ty Cobb, but its much greater rarity is far from fully reflected in its value. This may, in part, be because T227s so rarely survive in technically high grades that they are not a focus of high-grade collectors. The belief is that these cards are rarely found in high grade because cards from this set were packaged in tobacco pouches without protection from either tobacco or general handling. T227 Series of Champions 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 at a glance than suggested by its technically accurate assigned grade. In GOOD condition, bright and crisp with brilliant colors, flawless registration, a light crease in the lower left corner (more visible from the reverse), and centered slightly towards the bottom left borders. The reverse, as noted above, has a small area of paper loss (responsible for the downgrade), and features a biography of Cobb and advertising for Miners Extra Smoking Tobacco. This is a very striking example of this rare, uniquely designed, and, in our opinion, extremely overlooked tobacco issue. One of the best of all Ty Cobb cards. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500.
SOLD FOR $2,938

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