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    Only three finer!

    1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb Portrait Green Back 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.

    The Georgia Peach is honored four times in the most famous trading card issue of the Dead Ball Era, and the presented variation is the rarest of them all. The population of red background portraits more than doubles this green format on the PSA population chart, where the offered representation enjoys supremacy as one of six at the unqualified NM-MT 8 level, with none higher.

    In fact, in the entirety of the more than 3,000 T206 Cobb variations currently residing within a PSA capsule, only three (all of them the "Bat Off Shoulder" format) have ever graded higher than this offering, a statistic which should set this condition-rarity in its proper context. Bold colors, sharp registration and solid centering are keys to its success, with the lightest corner touches the only apparent deterrent to "Finest Known" status.


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    July, 2015
    30th-31st Thursday-Friday
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