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    1912-13 T215 Red Cross - Type 2 Ty Cobb SGC 20 Fair 1.5 - Only Three Graded Examples! There is one superlative which seems suitably appropriate for a card such as this. No, not scarce, or rare, but "Close to Impossible!" Yes, the image is the classic "Bat Off Shoulder" pose found in other tobacco card promotions of the same era but this is no mere twin. Lines like "Highest Grade Known" are typically reserved for the lofty Mint 9 card - like the Coupon Cobb presented elsewhere in this auction - but the term is fitting here as well. As a matter of fact this is one of only two RED CROSS Type 2 cards of Ty COBB to be graded by SGC! This card has no mention on the PSA census. By comparison, there hundreds of T206's encased in SGC holders. One can surmise Cobb's Georgia roots accounts for the existence of this southern-based card. The card was issued when Cobb was having what is arguably the finest campaign of his storied career. His League-leading numbers in the 1911 season are astonishing: .420 average, 248 hits, forty-seven doubles, twenty-four triples, 127 RBIs, eighty-three stolen bases! Despite his uneasy relationship with the fans and press that may have kept him out of the running other seasons, the American League had no choice but to crown him Most Valuable Player, the only year he was honored as such.

    Graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5. Cobb stands before a serene sky at dusk background of soft pastels, his stare the picture of determination. The back displays the distinctive "Red Cross Tobacco" advertising, only marginally affected by a crease, one area of surface soiling and a small area of surface loss. Extending outward from his classic image, we come to four blunt corners and the unmistakable "COBB, Detroit" in bold blue ink establishing this card as the coveted Red Cross Type 2, a crowning achievement present today in no more than one or two Cobb collections. Fair with superior visual appeal.


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