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    Signed 1909-11 T206 Polar Bear Ty Cobb (Bat Off Shoulder) PSA/DNA Authentic. This is perhaps our favorite trading card portrait of the Hall of Fame's first resident, the Dead Ball demigod armed with a thick-handled war club and a steely glare. It's a card that, even in considerably worn condition, would claim no shortage of suitors for its desirable Polar Bear back alone. But the black fountain pen signature is what truly sets it apart from the pack. Let's remember--the iconic Georgia Peach passed away in 1961, well before the practice of collecting signed trading cards came into vogue. And those few signed trading cards that do surface in the collecting community typically trend toward later issues, like the 1950 Callahan and others produced when youngsters were pioneering autograph collecting through the mail.

    This particular specimen derives from the fabled "George Sands Collection" which saw its first turn on the auction block come over a quarter century ago, in 1995, as one of five acquired by the collection's namesake through the mail. You can see Cobb's personal stationery in that ancient auction listing, providing a degree of provenance virtually unheard of for Cobb signed trading cards.

    Cobb's signature remains as bold as the date of its application, a bona fide 9/10, elevating the relic to the upper reaches of even that skimpiest of supplies. His National League counterpart, the immortal Honus Wagner, seems downright common when comparing that short-printed population of five dozen or so to autographed Cobb representations. If you have ever dreamed of ownership, show up on auction night ready to play to win. This may be the last chance you'll ever get. The card is encapsulated PSA/DNA Authentic. The prized black ink autograph is PSA/DNA Certified #C79432.

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    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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