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    1911 T206 Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder PSA Mint 9 No superlative seems suitably appropriate for a card such as this, a monumentally valuable and impressive piece as rare as a lightning strike on a lottery winner. With fewer than 200 of the well over 30,000 T206's encased in PSA holders bearing a Mint 9 header, and half of this issue grading lower than PSA 5, collectors have been trained to believe that ultra-high quality cards from this most beloved of tobacco issues simply don't exist. And for the most part, they're correct. In 1911, the probable date of this card's birth, Tyrus Raymond Cobb was at the apex of his considerable powers. His league-leading numbers that season are just ridiculous: .420 average, 248 hits, 47 doubles, 24 triples, 127 RBIs, 83 stolen bases! Despite his vicious temperament that likely kept him out of the running other seasons, the American League had no choice but to crown him Most Valuable Player, the only season he was honored as such. Look closely at the image of the Peach, painted close to a century ago, and you can see it in his eyes. Though he stands before a serene background of soft pastel, the stare is one of great determination, the look of whatever it is that was fundamentally different about players like Cobb and Rose that made the thought of failure for them almost too much to bear. It's one of the finest portraits in the long and impressive history of baseball card art. Extending outward from this classic image, we come to four blazing white borders, turning at corners as sharp as they were when the card was slipped into an ancient pack of smokes. The verso is similarly fine, again bearing not even the toning one would expect from any paper product of this vintage, let alone any stains or printing errors. The grade of PSA 9 for a card as desirable as this one may seem a surprise, but close examination will certainly convince any collector that it could merit nothing less. In fact, the only surprise lies in the fact that there is, in fact, one other such card on earth that has gained a Mint 9 designation. This is one of two, and none other ever has, or certainly ever could, grade higher.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2004
    10th-11th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 22
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