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    One of the most recognizable images of the Georgia Peach!

    Circa 1907 Ty Cobb Original Photograph from The Ty Cobb Collection, PSA/DNA Type 1--Image Used for T206 (Bat Off Shoulder). It's been two years since Heritage Auctions made hobby headlines with a $396,000 result for the portrait photograph by Carl Horner that was reproduced for the Green and Red Background portrait examples of Ty Cobb's T206 entries, likewise deriving from Cobb's personal collection. While the original photograph market has been on a steady rise for quite a few years, those images reproduced in trading card format have risen quite dramatically to the top in recent days, so we expect a great deal of competition for this remarkable specimen.

    It's the first time we've encountered the offered image in its natural state, a period Type 1 original that was utilized to create the "Bat Off Shoulder" variation of Cobb's four entries in the hobby's most celebrated tobacco issue. The sepia-toned beauty is printed at the approximate dimensions of a postcard (5x3.25") and dates to the beginning of the Georgia Peach's consecutive seasons as American League batting champion.

    This image provides a marvelous context that the T206 it spawned does not, notably the outline of a baseball diamond behind him and a short shadow of the subject that tells us the sun was high in the sky when the photographer went about his work. Left edge is trimmed slightly unevenly, but otherwise there is really nothing to mention in a condition report. Back is blank. A magnificent and important rarity of elite quality, direct from the personal collection of the first Baseball Hall of Famer. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Type 1. Letter of provenance from family of Cobb's former teammate.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $100,000 - up.

    Auction Info

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    30th Friday
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    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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    42 Days
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