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    1907 Seamless Steel Tubes Co. Ty Cobb Rookie SGC 10 Poor 1 - One of Four Known. Such was the promise of the young man named Cobb from Royston, GA that even at the tender age of 21 he was already a subject for promotion and being dubbed "...the greatest ball player of the year in America." The 1907 Detroit Tigers were a powerhouse club generating a 92-58 W-L record and would take the American League pennant. For Cobb, it would be his first of many 200+ hit seasons and an eye popping .350 batting average. That success brought attention and opportunities for promotion. Today, none would claim these issues are readily available and this Detroit Seamless Steel Tubes Co. is after a century of time only the fourth copy confirmed to exist. Being based out of Detroit, one can only wonder if Seamless Steel included other stars like Sam Crawford or Hughie Jennings or was Cobb the lone star of this show. Graded SGC 10 Poor 1, the card is free of hand writing but does bear a typed address and postal cancellation. The catalyst for the SGC grade is the postal stamping, creasing and a corner missing in the lower right. This is by far one of the rarer early Cobb collectibles. The full figure portrait of Cobb in his dirty uniform, bat and glove in hand, and that steely (no pun intended) glare of pure determination/disgust that would be his calling card for decades is unique to this piece.

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