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    1909-11 T206 Uzit Ty Cobb (Bat Off Shoulder) PSA VG-EX 4. The only meeting between Dead Ball era legends Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner was the 1909 World Series. Cobb lamented of Honus Wagner, "That god damned Dutchman is the only man in the game I can't scare." It was around that time that two of the most famous baseball cards in the collecting hobby were born, each a member of the fabled T206 set that has fascinated hobbyists for over a century now. While there's little dispute that the Wagner T206 inhabits the throne as king of the card-collecting world, the presented Cobb variety makes the Dutchman seem downright common by comparison. Although the "Ty Cobb, King of the Smoking Tobacco World" advertising back is the most famous T206 Cobb rarity, recent finds have made that card more plentiful than this extraordinarily scarce "Uzit Cigarettes" variety. The scarcity of any T206 with a "Uzit" back does not come with compelling, century-old stories, they just unquestionably are! It is a variant that elevates the presented specimen into the most rarified of collecting air.

    Graded PSA VG-EX 4. Today just eight examples of the Cobb "Bat Off Shoulder" with a Uzit back are residing in PSA holders, compared with almost fifty Wagners from the T206 set. While properly assessed we should note that the visual strength of the central portrait which belies its technical grade. As points are lost, mainly to minor surface discoloration and corner wear typical of centegenarian cardboard, as opposed to unsightly creasing or paper loss that would more profoundly harm aesthetics. As the few remaining examples of this elusive early twentieth century artifact are absorbed into permanent private collections, we may soon have to content ourselves with old auction catalog photography should we wish to visit one. But here a devoted collector will have the opportunity to become the curator of a special piece that one hopes and trusts shall survive for centuries to come.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
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