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    1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb #30 PSA NM-MT 8. Feared by most, but respected by all, Tyrus Raymond Cobb was the Machiavellian ideal of the early game, forging his Cooperstown bronze in the fires of natural ability and gritted-teeth determination. Though Cobb's staggering career hits tally of 4,191 was ultimately eclipsed, his ultimate batting record remains his .366 career batting average. No superlative seems suitably appropriate for a card such as this, it is nothing short of a monumentally valuable and impressive piece. For most of the beloved tobacco and candy issues of the era, few very high-grade examples exist. Thanks to a mail-in offer by Cracker Jack, high grade cards from the snack makers' immensely popular 1915 edition actually exist but still in precious few quantities. Cobb was at the middle of one of the greatest decades experienced by any player. From 1910-1919 Cobb amassed 1,948 hits, batted .386 (his .369 in '15 is actually his second lowest for the term) while striking out only 331 times in ten years!

    Look closely at the image of the Peach, painted close to a century ago, and you can see it in his eyes and stance. The blazing red background compliments his stare rather appropriately. It's one of the finest portraits in the long and impressive history of baseball card art. Extending outward, we come to four white borders, turning at corners as sharp as they were when the card circulated almost a century ago. The verso is similarly fine, again bearing not even the toning one would expect from any paper product of this vintage. There is barely a single difference between its appearance now and its appearance as it slid off the printing press. Any so-called "defects" are due solely to the antiquated procedures used in its production, namely the off-balanced horizontal centering. Collective corner wear, what very little there is and seen under magnification, is seen mostly in the upper right, the front and back without a single dot of ink out of place. Graded PSA NM-MT 8, one of ten cards PSA has reviewed to earn a NM-MT assessment, there are five rated higher. Suffice it to say, in this condition, this is one of the finest examples of one of the most desirable Cobb cards in the hobby.

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