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    1909-11 T206 Blank Back Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) SGC Authentic. Blank-backed cards from the T206 are a scarce commodity, as it seems that they barely escaped the trash heap over a century ago. Examples from this set have surfaced that feature printing errors which have been hand cut, indicating that they probably didn't pass muster. Some were saved and have survived in collections to this day. This blank-back example of Ty Cobb does not seem to have any printing issues, so it is unclear why it was not seen through to completion.

    It has been graded SGC Authentic due to some chipping and surface loss on the front. Almost all Ty Cobb cards from his playing days are popular and in demand, while not always necessarily rare. This card is definitely rare, as it was not designed to be released. A great collectible example of one of the first man to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


    More Information: The T206 Ty Cobb Red Portrait Collection

    The issue is currently celebrating the 110th anniversary of its closing season, but the magnum opus of American Tobacco’s baseball card promotions has progressively revealed its deeper secrets over the course of decades since hobby pioneer Jefferson Burdick filed the creation under its "T206" nomenclature. Likewise nicknamed "The Monster" for the bravery required in taming its 524 subjects into a single collection, the iconic tobacco set is frankly considerably more complex than even Burdick had imagined.

    This remarkable offering of Red Portrait Ty Cobb cards is illustrative of that point, a collection that would make hip hop pioneer Sir Mix-a-Lot proud for its unabashed fixation upon the backside. Never before has an assembly of every available advertising back for a single T206 entry been presented in a single auction, and Heritage is proud to once again break new ground for our collecting clientele. The contents range from high-quality examples of the dominant Sweet Caporal and Piedmont to the rare and renowned "Ty Cobb King of the Smoking Tobacco World" advertising that outshines even the legendary Honus Wagner for scarcity.

    All fifteen tobacco brands are present and accounted for, and even a ridiculously scarce blank-backed specimen and the fraternal twins of the T213 and T215 issues that closely mirror the T206 design. Once this Platinum Night auction scatters this assembly to the four corners of the globe, it’s unlikely the feat will ever be repeated. This is trading card history in the making, and a field of battle that will draw only the most refined and determined of cardboard connoisseurs into competition.


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    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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