1907 Detroit Seamless Steel Tubes Postcard Ty Cobb - True Rookie and Highest Graded!

Sold For: $24,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 174

Item Year: 1907

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher out of just four examples graded to date by SGC (none graded by PSA). Very striking example of one of Ty Cobb's true rookie cards; the extremely rare Detroit Seamless Steel Tubes postcard, issued in 1907. This card (along with a several other postcards of Cobb issued in the same year) is considered by many collectors to be Ty Cobb's true rookie card. 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, the postcard issues of 1907 are certainly worthy of consideration for that claim, a distinction that is reasonably shared with several issues dating from Cobb's earliest days in the Majors. This example has never been mailed. There is no writing on the postcard reverse. Light wear to the corners and a few creases (the most noticeable is in the lower left corner). The card has been downgraded due to heavy age toning on approximately 90% of the front and in the corners of the reverse, most likely from its method of storage. The intimidating image of Cobb is bold and contrasts sharply against the tan background. The caption below Cobb’s image reads; Tyrus Cobb, Of Royston, Georgia, - Age 21, Member of the Detroit Base Ball Team, and the greatest ball player of the year in America. - From Detroit Seamless Steel Tubes Co. - Detroit, Mich. - Makers of the Famous – ‘Detroit’ Locomotive Flue. This is the first example of this exceptionally rare postcard that we have ever offered! Highest-graded example of one of Cobb's most elusive early cards and one that qualifies as one of his true rookie cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++.

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