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    1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350-460/42OP Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) SGC Good+ 2.5. There is little doubt that Ty Cobb was among the greatest to ever play baseball. Here is what some of his contemporaries had to say about his skills.

    "(Ty) Cobb lived off the field as though he wished to live forever. He lived on the field as though it was his last day." - Branch Rickey

    "He didn't outhit and he didn't outrun them, he out thought them." - Sam Crawford

    "The greatness of Ty Cobb was something that had to be seen, and to see him was to remember him forever." - George Sisler

    Offered is a card of Cobb, "Portrait-Red" variety, from the T206 set that features a Sweet Caporal 350-460/42 back with overprint. It has been graded SGC Good+ 2.5. Very nice centering on this example.


    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: $5,000 - up.

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