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    1909-11 T206 Piedmont 350-460/25 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA EX 5. Ty Cobb supposedly said, "Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest." He certainly played like it was a struggle, although he didn't seem to have difficulty achieving incredible results. Without those results, his baseball cards would probably not be quite as sought-after. Offered here is one of the most popular Cobb cards: his "Red Portrait" card from the T206 set of 1909-1911. It is a Piedmont 350-460/25 back, with decent centering, perhaps a small amount off center on the horizontal axis. The corners exhibit some softness, but the registry is particularly sharp for this example. Graded PSA EX 5.

    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: $15,000 - up.

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    22nd Sunday 10:00 pm CT
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    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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