1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350-460/30 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Re...
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Description1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350-460/30 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA VG-EX 4. Ty Cobb is well-remembered for his exploits on the diamond, but he was an interesting man off the field, as well. He was one of the earliest celebrity product endorsers, putting his name behind Coca Cola and investing in the soft drink company as early as 1907. He was also famous as a philanthropist, donating money to numerous causes, including a hospital that has since grown into a regional healthcare system that still bears his name. Truly, a man that made Georgia proud.
Offered here is a card of Cobb from the famous T206 "White Border" set with a Sweet Caporal 350-460/30 back. The front features the "Red Portrait" variant and has been graded PSA VG-EX 4. The card exhibits some corner and surface wear that is typical to its grade. Only twenty-four graded at PSA with three at this grade. Just one card grades 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.
Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 - up.
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