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    Even rarer than the T206 Cobb/Cobb Back card it once contained!

    Circa 1910 Ty Cobb Cut Plug Tobacco Tin. While the throne of the fabled T206 issue has been kept warm by Honus Wagner's backside ever since Jefferson Burdick published his essential trading card taxonomy "The American Card Catalog" in 1963, that supremacy continues to endure challenges from a fellow member of the Baseball Hall of Fame's inaugural class. This Platinum Night auction features an example of the card in question, the rare and beautiful "Cobb with Cobb Back" that makes the Old Dutchman's entry in the hobby's most celebrated tobacco set seem downright common by comparison.

    That cardboard commemorative is so singularly unique that even Burdick's designation of the card as a T206 is often challenged, the contrary voices properly noting that the Red Background Cobb is the only entry bearing the "Ty Cobb, King of the Smoking Tobacco World" advertising back, and (perhaps even more compellingly) those cards feature a special gloss not present on the card issued by all other brands. Virtually everybody agrees, however, that the special coating was instituted due to its unique distribution method, within tins of loose "cut plug" tobacco tins.

    Today those tins are counted among the rarest and most desirable tangential collectibles of the trading card marketplace, and properly so. This is just the third example that the world's largest collectibles auctioneer has ever been privileged to present to the collecting community, and while the elite cardboard that once lurked within its belly is long gone, the tin itself makes for a stunning showpiece present in only the most advanced of private collections.

    Measuring 4.25" in height, 3" in width and just under an inch in depth, the ancient relic has survived the passage of eleven decades better than most, particularly at obverse where the charming central image of the Georgia Peach is wonderfully clear and framed at center of a tobacco leaf wreath and the elegantly fonted "Ty Cobb Cut Plug" brand name. Verso is identical in design but exhibits a greater degree of surface wear and oxidation. The hinged lid remains fully functional. The left edge bears the same "Factory No. 33, 4th Dist. of N.C." language found on the back of every "Cobb with Cobb Back" card. The last example of this tin that Heritage sold commanded a winning bid of $144,000 in September 2019.


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    August, 2021
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