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    Only three superior!

    1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb #30 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5. It was a season of high larceny for this fire-breathing legend, whose Major League record ninety-six base thefts nearly doubled the tally of that year's silver medalist. Forty-seven seasons would pass before the fleet-footed Maury Wills stole the title. Cobb's .369 average was likewise an American League-leader in 1915, but after claiming the batting title every year since 1907, the certainty of that occurrence only narrowly trailed death and taxes. At age twenty-eight, the Georgia Peach was a ballplayer at the peak of his prime.

    This card features one of our favorite images of Cooperstown's first resident, rife with period details like the baggy flannel jersey with long sleeves and high collar, the wide grip on the bat. It is perfectly registered against the blood red background, reminiscent of the T206 card that many consider the definitive cardboard Cobb. It's the second most valuable card in the set, trailing only "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, whose relative rarity in cardboard format and cult status supply the thin advantage.

    The presented example likewise finds itself on the brink of total supremacy, one of two assessed at this lofty height, with only three superior examples registered by PSA. Like Cobb's 1915 stat line, you won't find much of anything to criticize here, as the image is pure perfection and nearly flawlessly centered between its borders. Only the lightest corner touches restrict a further climb up the ladder, and perhaps a doubling of its ultimate auction result.

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    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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