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    1933 Sport Kings Gum #1 SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5 - Highest SGC Grade! While there is little dispute that the Wagner T206 inhabits the throne as king of the card collecting world, back in 1910 Ty Cobb was presented, albeit briefly, as the "King of the Smoking Tobacco World." A re-coronation of sorts occurred in 1933 when Goudey's "Sports Kings Gum" confirmed his status as baseball card royalty. Topping even Babe Ruth for the number one spot (the Bambino was card number two), the tough kid from the state of Georgia starts off a commemorative issue that features the best from the Golden Age of boxing (Dempsey, Tunney), hockey (Shore, Bailey),football (Grange, Thorpe) and many others. The mixture of Cobb's eternal star power, his appearance as number one card and, of course, the card's advanced age make this one of the toughest cards to find in a high grade. Population reports confirm this. Of the 118 Cobb Sport Kings to pass through SGC's service, none has ever topped it. Furthermore, only one other has matched the grade of the offered specimen, establishing this entry one of the top 1% in its class.

    The surfaces are without fault, the corner tips all well-defined and sharp. A slow and critical review revealed no additional flaws. The centering of 60/40 should deter no one from vying for one of the finest examples known. Had the elegant and colorful portrait of the greatest hitter of the game rested a sliver to the left a new SGC "king" of the Sport Kings could have been born. We could continue with an extended series of superlatives, but we defer the age-old statement "a picture is worth 1,000 words." Considering the PSA census as well, the card's ranking as "top 1% of its class" is confirmed. A truly stunning and exceptional card that would elevate the status any vintage collection.

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    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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