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    One of only two Sovereigns atop population report!

    1909-11 T206 Sovereign Ty Cobb Bat on Shoulder PSA NM-MT 8. "In legend," Cobb wrote, shortly before his passing in 1961, "I am a sadistic, slashing, swashbuckling despot who waged war in the guise of sport." The truth, of course, is somewhat more complex than that, but this greatest figure of the Dead Ball Era was unquestionably the most determined ballplayer of his time (and perhaps of all time). Every great ballplayer's yin will have its yang--for Lou Gehrig, his unwillingness to rest after concussions may have been his undoing. Mickey Mantle lived every day like his last, making his last day come too quickly. And Cobb brought the same gritted teeth fervor to breaking every record in the books that he did to breaking the jaws of those who disrespected him.

    Presented is a particularly fitting tribute to the man who was quoted as saying, "I've got to be first all the time, in everything." It's one of twelve "Bat on Shoulder" varieties from tobacco's most popular issue rating PSA NM-MT 8, with none superior. But this model distinguishes itself from that jury of its peers as one of just two backed by the rare Sovereign promotion. As the lofty assessment would suggest, there is very little to discuss in terms of physical shortcomings, which appear to be limited to the very lightest of corner touches. Image color and registration are essentially unimprovable, and the centering within the borders is likewise bordering perfection.

    The first dictionary definition of "sovereign" is a king or queen, the second, "one that exercises supreme authority within a limited field." Each is quite fitting for both the baseball icon this exceptional representation celebrates, and for the slab of century-old cardboard itself.







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    Jul-Aug, 2014
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