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    1909-11 T206 Old Mill Ty Cobb (Red Portrait) PSA NM-MT 8 - Pop One, None Higher! "In legend," Cobb wrote, shortly before his passing in 1961, "I am a sadistic, slashing, swashbuckling despot who waged war in the guise of sport." The truth, of course, is somewhat more complex than that, but this greatest figure of the Dead Ball Era was unquestionably the most determined ballplayer of his time (and perhaps of all time). Every great ballplayer's yin will have its yang--for Lou Gehrig, his unwillingness to rest after concussions may have been his undoing. Mickey Mantle lived every day like his last, making his last day come too quickly. And Cobb brought the same gritted teeth fervor to breaking every record in the books that he did to breaking the jaws of those who disrespected him.

    The Georgia Peach is honored four times in the most famous trading card issue of the Dead Ball Era, and the presented variation is the most iconic of them all. The population of red background portraits has risen to more than 2,200 on the PSA population chart. In the entirety of the thousands of T206 Cobb variations currently residing within a PSA capsule, "Old Mill" variants account for only a modest percentage with 100 examples have yet to be confirmed. Accounting for all brands, the offered representation enjoys supremacy as one of nineteen cards at the NM-MT 8 level with two (both 8.5s) higher. Narrow the population to only those bearing an "Old Mill Cigarettes" reverse, and this is a "Pop One With None Higher" title-holder!

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. The spectacular condition and visual appeal of this card guarantees the highest bidder a gorgeous specimen that provides no fodder for detractors. Heritage Auctions has sold NM-MT Old Mill examples of Cobb's "Bat Off Shoulder" for $138,000.00 in July 2021) and "Green Portrait" ($360,000 in September 2018.

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    November, 2021
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