1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb Red Background SGC EX/NM 80 - Tolstoi Back - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $7,800

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 345

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. Exceptional high-grade example of Ty Cobb (portrait, red background) with the desirable Tolstoi advertising reverse. This is the highest-graded example on record between the combined PSA and SGC Population Reports out of fifty-five cards evaluated to date. Furthermore, this is a very high-grade Tolstoi example as only fourteen T206 Tolstoi examples (of any subject) have ever graded higher than EX/NM by SGC out of 1,513 cards on record. The red-background pose has long been considered one of the great classics of the T206 set and of all vintage cards. The fact that this example features an unusual and scarce Tolstoi advertising reverse naturally makes this classic of particularly special note, both for Ty Cobb and T206 collectors. T206Resource.com ranks Tolstoi as the eighteenth most difficult back to acquire out of thirty-nine total backs available within the T206 White Border set. The offered example is exceptional in every way with a crisp, flawlessly printed image, bold red background, and four strong corners. The card is centered slightly to the left, which does not distract at all from the incredible visual appeal of this example. The important advertising reverse is boldly printed and perfectly clean. This is an ideal example of this classic Ty Cobb card, one of the keys to the T206 set, and one of the most popular of all prewar tobacco cards, in very high grade and with an especially desirable advertising back. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.

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