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    1919 T213 Coupon Cigarettes (Type 3) Ty Cobb (Portrait) PSA NM-MT 8 - Pop Two, One Higher. Like the legend it celebrates, this towering rarity of the sport's Dead Ball Era derives from the Deep South, hundreds of miles from the nearest Major League ballpark. Though the design is nearly identical to the famous T206 issue that remains a hobby mainstay over a century after its three-year span of distribution, the T213 was issued only in the State of Louisiana as a premium housed within packs of "Coupon Cigarettes." In order to provide some context for the supreme scarcity of the issue, we report that the full PSA population of all submissions of T213's numbers just north of 300. The T206, by comparison, approaches 245,000. Of those 300+ T213-3 submissions, only 12% have garnered a NM-MT or higher rating (zero Gem Mint 10's). Presented is one of only two Ty Cobb "Portrait" cards to achieve that lofty mark.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. One of only two graded NM-MT with one rated higher. Very limited initial distribution and the challenging environment of Louisiana's humid climate have served to make the T213-3 one of the scarcest entries in the Standard Catalog, and years can pass without a single opportunity at ownership. Few records in American sports are as safe as Cobb's career batting average of .366, but this offering's status is no more likely to fall. The image is richly colored and perfectly registered, balanced between virtually even sized borders and sharp corners. Verso, featuring the "Type 3" advertising format, is equally fine.


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    December, 2019
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