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Description1912-13 T215 Red Cross - Type 2 Ty Cobb PSA Fair 1.5 - The Only PSA-Graded Example! There is one superlative which seems suitably appropriate for a card such as this. No, not scarce, or rare, but "Impossible!" Yes, the image is the classic "Bat Off Shoulder" pose found in other tobacco card promotions of the same era, but this is no simple twin. Lines like "Pop One-of-One" or "Highest Grade Known" are typically reserved for the lofty Mint 9 or Gem MT 10 cards, but both terms are fitting here as well. As a matter of fact this is the ONLY RED CROSS TYPE 2 of Ty COBB to be graded by PSA! By comparison, there are just under 130,000 T206's encased in PSA holders. One can surmise Cobb's Georgia roots accounts for the existence of this southern-based card.
The card was issued the year after Cobb completed what was arguably the finest campaign of his storied career. His League-leading numbers in the 1911 season are astonishing: .420 average, 248 hits, forty-seven doubles, twenty-four triples, 127 RBIs, eighty-three stolen bases! Despite his uneasy relationship with the fans and press that may have kept him out of the running other seasons, the American League had no choice but to crown him Most Valuable Player, the only year he was honored as such.
Cobb stands before a serene background of soft pastel, his stare the picture of determination. It's one of the finest portraits in the long and impressive history of baseball card art. The back displays the distinctive red "Red Cross Tobacco" advertising, only marginally affected by creasing, mild surface soiling, and a small area of surface loss. Extending outward from his classic image, we come to four blunt corners and the unmistakable "COBB, Detroit" in bold blue ink establishing this card as the coveted Red Cross Type 2, a crowning achievement present today in no more than one or two Cobb collections. Fair with superior visual appeal.
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