1933 Sport Kings Ty Cobb #1 PSA NM-MT 8. He was a man used to being number one--the long-reigning Hit King, the still-reigning career leader for batting average, and first man enshrined at Cooperstown. And though the honor of inhabiting card number one of the most important multi-sport set of the Depression era is entirely deserved, the privilege came as both a blessing and a curse. First and last cards in any set have always been a challenge for the condition-conscious collector, as these bookends typically bore the brunt of environmental threats that were shielded for those cards on the interior.

    But the offered specimen illustrates the famous durability of the man it honors, the kind of unbreakable will that carried the legend to the top of the record books and this representation to the upper reaches of the population report. Cobb directs his steely stare from a field of bright yellow, balanced perfectly between even borders and sharp corners. Surfaces are free of soiling and the manner of wear that limits the ascent of most to such lofty ratings.

    Those seeking a superior example are limited (at the time of this writing) to a single 8.5, three 9's, and one Gem Mint 10 specimen. None of these cards have been presented within a major auction in the past decade.

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