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    Alone at the top of the pop!

    1910-11 T3 Turkey Red Ty Cobb #9 Checklist Back (Offer) SGC NM+ 7.5. Feared by most, but respected by all, Tyrus Raymond Cobb was the Machiavellian ideal of the early game, forging his Cooperstown bronze in the fires of natural ability and gritted-teeth determination. Though Cobb's staggering career hits tally of 4,191 was ultimately eclipsed, many batting records remain in the Georgia Peach's sole possession to this day, most notably the .366 career batting average.

    We find the fire-breathing legend maintaining his notorious fierce countenance here, a sharp contrast to the idyllic sunset that plays out behind him. Many consider the Turkey Reds to be the most beautiful trading cards issued during the twentieth century, and the offered specimen provides strong evidence in support of the claim, the realistic artwork capturing the subject giving way to an impressionistic background that reminds the viewer of Claude Monet's best work at Giverny.

    The two-year production run of these oversized commemoratives, available only through the mail via cigarette pack coupon redemption, finds the master in his prime, in years four and five of an unbroken nine-season chain of American League batting championships. In 1911 he'd do the best work of his entire career, earning his sole American League MVP with league-topping tallies for average (.419), runs (148), hits (248), doubles (47), triples (24), runs batted in (127) and even stolen bases (83).

    Like the inaugural class Hall of Famer it commemorates, the offered T3 representation finds no equals, standing alone atop an SGC population of ninety-seven submissions at the time of this writing. As it is often (and properly) stated, Turkey Red cards are far more difficult than most of its Dead Ball Era contemporaries to find in elite condition, the oversized dimensions (8x5.75") making them far more susceptible to damage than standard format tobacco cards. Only when we flip the card over and note the faded amber age-toning of the checklist on verso do we find any indication of eleven decades of existence.

    The finest example of the hobby's most beautiful trading card issue, featuring the era's greatest star. If that's not an investment piece, what is?


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