1909-1911 T206 White Border Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" Back

Sold For: $132,000

Auction Year: 2015 spring

Lot: 4

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Presented is an extraordinary example of one of card collecting's most legendary rarities: The T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back. This is one of only thirteen examples known to exist. As can easily be seen, this is a particularly outstanding example of this legendary card. Because so few Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back cards exist, it is easy to look up images of other known examples, almost all of which have been sold at auction over the years. This card, in our opinion, compares extremely favorably with other known examples, and is clearly superior by a wide margin to many. Whatever the technical grade, it is a beautiful card! It is bright and clean, with no dirt or smudges or writing (all flaws that affect other examples). Light creasing is visible on the front, but it is not distracting. The red background is particularly bold and rich. The glossy coating, which so often is found with flakes or breaks on other examples, is nearly flawless outside of the previously mentioned creases. The corners display even wear. The reverse is essentially flawless, with only some very light toning, but it is free of any of the severe tobacco stains, water damage, or writing that plagues some other examples. There is no paper loss. The important advertisement is boldly printed in green ink, which is of course of monumental significance on an ideal Ty Cobb card with "Ty Cobb" Tobacco back. The offered example is the plate specimen illustrating T206Resource.com's outstanding published article by noted advanced collector Jim Blumenthal on the Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back available for reading at the following link: http://t206resource.com/Article-T206Resource-TyCobb-King-of-the-Smoking-World.html . While a T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back is one of tobacco-card collecting's greatest prizes in any grade (and most are in extremely low grade), this is a particularly attractive and outstanding example. Exactly how these cards were distributed has always remained one of the great mysteries of the card-collecting world. The T206 set is the premier set of the era and the single most significant and widely collected of all baseball-card sets. The T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back card is, of course, actually considerably rarer than the famous Honus Wagner card from the same set (approximately sixty-five T206 Honus Wagners are known to exist as compared to thirteen Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back examples). A strong case can be made that the T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back should be assigned its own catalog number as a "one-card set," but due to its great similarity to the T206 series, this card has always been considered a T206. This is an exceptional example with tremendous eye-appeal of one of card collecting's most significant rarities.  Reserve $25,000. Estimate $50,000++.

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