1910-1911 M116 Sporting Life Blue Background Ty Cobb

Sold For: $3,259

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 247

Item Year: 1910

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. High-grade example of Ty Cobb from the prized "Blue Background" series features a classic portrait image. The "Blue Background" series is by far the most desirable series of the 1911 M116 Sporting Life set. These cards have always been especially appreciated by collectors for their scarcity and distinctive style, as well as for the unparalleled concentration of quality players in the series. Ty Cobb, of course, is one of the key card of the series. The corners are square with just slight hints of wear (predominately the upper right). The reverse is flawless. The centering is slightly high towards the top right border. Bright and clean both front and back with a flawless surface and extremely bold portrait. The reverse is essentially flawless, with advertising for Sporting Life in crisp bold blue print. The distinctive blue background of this M116 Sporting Life card of Ty Cobb instantly defines it as the key to the rare 24-card "Blue Background" subset series of the Sporting Life set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259

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