1922 Witmor Candy Co. Ty Cobb

Sold For: $4,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 754

Item Year: 1922

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is an extremely rare sample card of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the 1922 Witmor Candy Company series. Issued by the San Francisco-based candy manufacturer, cards from this set are found with fronts that parallel the W575-1 strip-card set. (In many cases, including the offered card, they are identical to E121 American Caramel series cards.) This is a remarkable sample, the first of its kind that we can recall ever seeing, let alone offering. The fact that it depicts Ty Cobb, one of the key cards to any set from the era, is even more noteworthy and incredible. The front pictures Cobb in a follow-through throwing pose, with "Ty Cobb/ Mgr. - Detroit Americans" in the nameplate underneath. The reverse features a vertically oriented advertisement (most known examples are horizontal) for Witmor Candy Company and its redemption program through which a collector with all eighty cards in a complete set was eligible to receive a baseball or a baseball glove upon presenting the complete set to a local candy dealer. The card presents at a level far superior to that suggested by its technically accurate PSA-assigned grade of PR 1. It is graded as such due to several minor condition flaws, namely a small spot of paper loss on the front left border and scattered, light creasing. The important image area is clean and crisp, and the advertising back is boldly printed, with no disruption to any of the text. This is an exceptionally attractive example, bright and crisp, of Ty Cobb, one of the most prominent and important players ever to play the game. An extraordinarily rare sample worthy of even the most advanced Ty Cobb or type-card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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