Population one of one!
1914 Boston Garter Color "Ty" Cobb SGC 50 VG/EX 4.
Perhaps the most fascinating psychological study in the long history of professional baseball, Tyrus Raymond Cobb came into this world with the chip of a fallen Confederacy already firmly installed upon his shoulder, his southern resentments still burning decades after the flames of General Sherman's march through his home state of Georgia had been extinguished. "He was still fighting the Civil War," reported Tigers teammate "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, "and as far as he was concerned, we were all damn Yankees."
Cobb's father was a domineering and jealous man, disapproving of his son's single-minded fascination with the National Pastime which he considered a far cry from the more respectable avocations of medicine or the law. But just three weeks after the senior Cobb was shot to death by Ty's mother in what was reported as a tragic case of mistaken identity, the nineteen-year old set off on a baseball career that would earn him the first bronze plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Years later, Cobb would recall, "Those old-timers turned me into a snarling wildcat." And so while the popular stories of intentional spiking and fatal pistol whippings may be more folklore than fact, the bottled rage and gritted teeth determination of The Georgia Peach were entirely real, establishing Cobb as the definitive superstar of baseball's down and dirty Dead Ball Era.
We would suggest that the offered relic is the most visually arresting of all cardboard commemoratives dedicated to the fabled George Peach, and its singular rarity is simply a matter of public record. This is the only Cobb specimen appearing in either the SGC or PSA population, the full census of all twelve subjects numbering fewer than twenty. The intense rarity comes as little surprise, as this is a breed with everything working against its enduring survival. These cards were intended for window displays at retail stores selling the eponymous sock garters, never intended for wide public distribution, thus produced in small original quantities. The outsized dimensions (8x4") lent to the decimation of that limited original supply, leaving specimens unable to dodge the various physical threats as adeptly as their relatively diminutive contemporaries.
While the "population one-of-one" status renders condition quibbles effectively moot, we can happily report that typical edge and corner wear accounts for the bulk of apparent aging, leaving the gloriously hued central image unmolested. Centering is a bit low, but, again, this sole survivor able shakes off any criticism. Verso remains as clean as obverse. A thrilling opportunity to take your collection to a place none other can follow.
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2018 November 15-16 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction