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    1910 Brush Automobile Postcards Ty Cobb PSA EX 5 - The Finest Example in Any Holder. Brush Motors gave the hobby this extremely rare set of promotional post cards featuring the hometown Detroit Tigers. Each athlete is depicted in well-to-do street clothes, driving or posing in/on a "Brush" automobile. Accompanying each scene was a two-line poem describing each player's contribution to the team. The set ranks among the rarest 20th Century post cards with no mention of their existence in the American Card Catalog. SGC shows just 18 entries on their census, the PSA census is even lighter with just 11 entries. It stands to reason this set was likely an internal promotion and calling it a regional might even be reaching too far. Naturally, Ty Cobb is the undisputed king of these rare relics. There are four noted on the combined census reports and he is the most "common" of the ten-man roster. Cobb looks just as menacing in his formal suit with a bat in his hand. The associated poem reads, "Ty Cobb's the man who kills the ball, He won a pennant for us last fall." That statement plus Ira Thomas was with the Tigers in 1908 and Bill Coughlin's last year with Detroit was 1908 that puts the date of issue at 1909.

    Graded PSA EX 5. Excellent is the highest base grade for Cobb in any holder and there is one qualified EX known. Just some very modest corner wear at the points plus some very light surface wear in the lower left accounts for the PSA assessment. It is one of Cobb's rarest collectibles and a must-have for the Cobb or postcard specialist. See our web site for a little history on Brush Automobile.


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    What would America be without the automobile? The names Ford and Chevy are household names but one name that was a pioneer in the development of the auto was the Brush Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan. Founded by Alanson Partridge Brush, the "Brush Runabout" was an environmentalist dream before the term was even coined. The small, one to four cylinder cars were built with some very innovative designs. A Brush car ran on a single-cylinder, water-cooled engine, a wooden chassis, a friction drive transmission, tension coil springs, gas-powered front and rear lamps, the frame, axles, and wheels were made of wood (oak, hickory or maple) that were either painted or left natural. The crank was designed for a counter-clockwise motion designed to make it safer for a right-handed person, remember these were the days when you had to crank-start your car by hand. The Brush Runabout Company merged with others to form the United States Motor Company in 1910. Three years later, the Brush Runabout is a thing of the past due to public disinterest and the growing popularity of the Model T.



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