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    1909-11 T206 Hindu-Red Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) SGC Good 2 - The Only SGC-Graded Example! This is just the third time Heritage has had the pleasure to offer this striking card. It was in 2014 that a newly discovered collection of hundreds of E254s, T205s and T206s - all passed down through one family - walked into the Heritage offices. At the time, we stated, "This is a card that once procured does not become available in the foreseeable future." It took five years for a second bite of the red "Hindu" apple. It is still one of the rarest front/back T206 Ty Cobb combinations. Just how rare? The revered "Ty Cobb, King of the Smoking Tobacco World" back has now been graded nineteen times, the Red Hindu brand has been confirmed only seven times with PSA & SGC census reports combined. There certainly may be one or two others but any significant additions to the current population are pure speculation. This is just the third time we are offering this card but only the second example as two auctions featured the same card.

    Graded SGC Good 2. This is the one and only card on record with SGC. Colors are very strong. Centering is close to perfect. The colors of Cobb's now iconic portrait are perfectly registered. Corners show some consistent wear and there is multiple but visually unobtrusive creasing. A quick flip reveals a clean back and that striking red Hindu Cigarettes ad. Fans of Cobb and T206's will immediately realize what an astounding find this truly is. The hobby now has another example to enjoy of one of the most significant T206 subjects paired with one of "The Monster's" rarest backs.


    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.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $80,000 - up.

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    22nd Sunday 10:00 pm CT
    Auction Dates
    August
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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    (Lots 80128-81495) - 10:00 PM Central Time, Sunday, August 22, 2021.
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