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    1909-11 T206 Lenox-Black Ty Cobb (Red Portrait) SGC VG-EX 4. It's one of the most recognizable and essential components of the hobby's premier tobacco issue, but the Hall of Fame's first member is not the star of this particular show. That distinction belongs to the black-ink advertising text on verso, one of the rarest of all T206 backs. Only seven Red Background portraits appear within the SGC population with this scarce verso, with this being tied with one other as the finest of that population. Experts have opined that Lenox represents approximately one-tenth of one percent of all T206 entries, and known player variations remain in double digits. No definitive diagnosis of the reason for this intense scarcity has been made, but it is likely no more complicated than a miniscule original distribution relative to such common brands as Sweet Caporal and Piedmont.

    Graded SGC VG-EX 4. One of two graded VG/EX with none rated higher. After you are over enjoying rarity of the back, the cultured collector is most likely to notice the lush coloring in his examination, the deep red providing a fitting habitat for the sport's fiercest competitor. Surfaces are quite clean, with the typical corner wear responsible for the SGC assessment. Certainly the card's sovereignty as a royal rarity overrides any condition concerns.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $40,000 - up.

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