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    1912 La Azora Cigars Ty Cobb Uncut Panel Schedule Cards With Previously Unknown Pose! Arguably the most inaccessible of all trading cards celebrating the premier batsman of the Dead Ball era, the postcard-sized La Azora Cigar schedule cards have survived the century since their 1912 date of issue in the smallest of populations. As a matter of fact it took almost that full century before collectors were even made aware of their existence. Until now, we knew of two different full-bleed poses of the Detroit Tigers legend--one a "fielding" pose with a reverse schedule for home games, and one "sliding" pose with a reverse schedule for away games or games played "abroad." This incredibly rare entry comes from a newly-unearthed collection, and has increased by one the number of known poses (now four). We further discover the cards may have circulated in the form of uncut panels as well! This approx. 7 x 5-1/2' 2-card panel features the known 'Sliding' pose plus a new 'relaxing' pose, showing the normally serious and stern Cobb resting comfortably on the field that made him famous, holding the tool that made him a legend. Surprisingly, Cobb is flashing a bright and friendly smile. This full figure portrait is unique to this series and one can only wonder if Cobb approved of the all too human-like depiction.

    The panel presents at the excellent level with mild corner wear and just one short crease affecting the sliding image. Other condition elements to note are some brief edge wear and the wear along the center fold line separating the two portraits. The back surfaces are clean and copy is bold and clear. Inducements to "Smoke, after and during the game" and an invitation to "Visit our Model Factory and see how we make the world's best 10c smoke" adorn the backs. It is known La Azora advertised at Tigers Stadium and had a factory in Detroit. The only multi-card panel ever discovered, this is truly a significant find and a must-have for the serious Cobb specialist.

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