1907 PC765 A. C. Dietsche Detroit Tigers Ty Cobb - True Rookie Card!

Sold For: $4,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 157

Item Year: 1907

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Very attractive example of Ty Cobb's true rookie card, from the highly regarded A. C. Dietsche Detroit Tigers postcard set, issued in 1907. This issue was produced by the Dietsche Postcard Company of Detroit to commemorate the Tigers' participation in the 1907 World Series. Of special note, this card is considered by many collectors to be Ty Cobb's true rookie card. A number of other issues can also lay claim to that important distinction. While we realize that the definition of what is a player's rookie card can sometimes be very controversial and can vary from collector to collector, this card gets our vote! It is part of a postcard set that was issued in 1907. That sure sounds like a rookie card to us. The fact that the Dietsche postcard set features a short biography of the player on the back makes this postcard even more "card-like" than many more traditional issues. The card features a crisp black-and-white image of Cobb batting, with no creasing and light wear to the four corners. The reverse is clean and unmarked. A very small edge abrasion on the reverse is likely responsible for the conservatively assigned grade. The Dietsche Detroit Tigers postcard of Ty Cobb represents an outstanding overlooked value compared to most other early Cobb cards, including those issued a couple of years later which are widely recognized by many collectors as Cobb's rookie cards. This is an outstanding example of what we think reasonably qualifies as Cobb's true rookie card. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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