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    1909-11 T206 Carolina Brights Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) SGC 20 Fair 1.5. T206 cards with the "Carolina Brights" reverse are extremely desirable. Originally manufactured by the Wells-Whitehead Company of North Carolina, which was snapped up by the monopolistic American Tobacco Company. Carolina Brights was one of the numerous brands that used T206 cards as advertising and sales stimulators. The cards feature a unique back that features a distinctive wreath and banner design.

    When talking about T206 cards, Ty Cobb is a name that always gets attention. Of the four variations featuring his likeness, this "Red Portrait" is always an attention grabber because of the rich red hue and excellent representation of Cobb and his Detroit uniform. Graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5. It exhibits several condition issues, but none of them are devastating to the card. There is wear to the corners, a vertical crease through the center which has aged gracefully, and, on the left front border, the faintest imprint of ink from the back of another Carolina Brights card, set in the stack of newly printed cards, on top of this Cobb. A very desirable piece for this legend. Total population of nine, only three at this grade. Just two higher.


    More Information: The T206 Ty Cobb Red Portrait Collection

    The issue is currently celebrating the 110th anniversary of its closing season, but the magnum opus of American Tobacco’s baseball card promotions has progressively revealed its deeper secrets over the course of decades since hobby pioneer Jefferson Burdick filed the creation under its "T206" nomenclature. Likewise nicknamed "The Monster" for the bravery required in taming its 524 subjects into a single collection, the iconic tobacco set is frankly considerably more complex than even Burdick had imagined.

    This remarkable offering of Red Portrait Ty Cobb cards is illustrative of that point, a collection that would make hip hop pioneer Sir Mix-a-Lot proud for its unabashed fixation upon the backside. Never before has an assembly of every available advertising back for a single T206 entry been presented in a single auction, and Heritage is proud to once again break new ground for our collecting clientele. The contents range from high-quality examples of the dominant Sweet Caporal and Piedmont to the rare and renowned "Ty Cobb King of the Smoking Tobacco World" advertising that outshines even the legendary Honus Wagner for scarcity.

    All fifteen tobacco brands are present and accounted for, and even a ridiculously scarce blank-backed specimen and the fraternal twins of the T213 and T215 issues that closely mirror the T206 design. Once this Platinum Night auction scatters this assembly to the four corners of the globe, it’s unlikely the feat will ever be repeated. This is trading card history in the making, and a field of battle that will draw only the most refined and determined of cardboard connoisseurs into competition.


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