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    1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb. 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. By 1914, the year this incredibly rare relic circulated, Cobb was an established icon of the game. His stats for the 1911 season - 146 games, 248 hits, 147 RBIs and a .420 batting average to this day make jaws drop, eyes bulge and imaginations flare. The emergence of Babe Ruth and the lively ball signaled a tectonic shift in the sport's landscape, but the developments only hardened Cobb's resolve, and he had begun to view himself as one of the last defenders of the original game. Of the multitude of cards, premiums, post cards, special promotions and endorsements, the one that still embraces your attention like no others are the words "Boston Garter."
    We are proud to offer what is to the best of our knowledge, only the second known example of Ty Cobb's 1914 Boston Garter 4 x 8-1/2" window display card. As exciting as it is when a new discovery is in the optimal state of preservation, some items are so rare that condition barely factors into desirability. In its original state, the card was separated into two pieces, possibly the commentary of a baseball fan just witness to another crushing loss. The card was heavily soiled and shows obvious portions now lost to history. Granted, not the ideal state of preservation one hopes for but in reality, we are one year shy of a full century since this card graced the window of a men's clothier and is only the second 1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb known! To help assure it will see another century the card was partially restored by Paul Messier. His work performed is posted (verbatim) on our web site. In any condition, it is truly among the rarest Cobb collectibles, one that has a population less than the number of known Ty Cobb game-used jerseys!

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    Treatment: The front and reverse were surface cleaned with vinyl eraser. The lithograph was split from the core mechanically with a metal spatula. The two halves were mended with a Japanese paper lining adhered to the reverse of the lithograph with wheat starch paste. It was dried between blotters and under moderate weight. The lined lithograph and the core were humidified overall. The lined lithograph was readhered to the core with wheat starch paste. It was dried between blotters and under moderate weight. The image loss along the tears and break was inpainted with watercolors and colored pencil.

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