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    1919 T213 Coupon Cigarettes Ty Cobb Type 3 Batting PSA Mint 9. Like the legend it celebrates, this towering rarity of the sport's Dead Ball Era derives from the Deep South, hundreds of miles from the nearest Major League ballpark. Though the design is nearly identical to the famous T206 issue that remains a hobby mainstay over a century after its three-year span of distribution, the T213 was issued only in the State of Louisiana as a premium housed within packs of "Coupon Cigarettes. In order to provide some context for the supreme scarcity of the issue, we report that the full PSA population of all submissions of T213's numbers just south of 300. The T206, by comparison, approaches 250,000.

    Of those T213 submissions, only thirteen have garnered a Mint 9 rating (zero Gem Mint 10's). Presented is one of only two Ty Cobb entries to achieve that lofty mark, and the only batting pose example. Only nine Cobb Batting representations appear in a PSA slab in all grades. The image here is brightly colored and perfectly registered, balanced between evenly sized borders and razor-sharp corners. Verso, featuring the "Type 3" advertising format, is equally fine.

    Very limited initial distribution and the challenging environment of Louisiana's humid climate have served to make the T213 one of the scarcest entries in the Standard Catalog, and years can pass without a single opportunity at ownership. Few records in American sports are as safe as Cobb's career batting average of .366, but this offering's status as the sole Mint 9 representation of its kind is no more likely to fall.

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    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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