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    1909-11 T206 Cycle 460 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA VG-EX+ 4.5. There's not much that Ty Cobb didn't do during his storied career, but hitting for the cycle is one of them. In fact, none of the top five players in career hits--Rose, Cobb, Collins, Anson and Keeler--ever managed to complete the feat. But this "Cycle" is only slightly more common for the former Hit King, with fewer than twenty-five examples housed in a PSA slab, inclusive of both the "350" and "460" variants. This is the only example assessed at VG-EX+ 4.5, a grade surpassed only three times.

    This card is a true beauty from the obverse angle, with the deepest blood red background and a perfectly registered image centered as well as any T206 you'll ever encounter. The corner rounding typical of virtually all pre-war cardboard accounts for the points lost in the PSA assessment.

    The back is just as pretty, and the primary appeal for advanced T206 collectors who grow weary of the same old Sweet Caps and Piedmonts.


    More Information: The T206 Ty Cobb Red Portrait Collection

    The issue is currently celebrating the 110th anniversary of its closing season, but the magnum opus of American Tobacco’s baseball card promotions has progressively revealed its deeper secrets over the course of decades since hobby pioneer Jefferson Burdick filed the creation under its "T206" nomenclature. Likewise nicknamed "The Monster" for the bravery required in taming its 524 subjects into a single collection, the iconic tobacco set is frankly considerably more complex than even Burdick had imagined.

    This remarkable offering of Red Portrait Ty Cobb cards is illustrative of that point, a collection that would make hip hop pioneer Sir Mix-a-Lot proud for its unabashed fixation upon the backside. Never before has an assembly of every available advertising back for a single T206 entry been presented in a single auction, and Heritage is proud to once again break new ground for our collecting clientele. The contents range from high-quality examples of the dominant Sweet Caporal and Piedmont to the rare and renowned "Ty Cobb King of the Smoking Tobacco World" advertising that outshines even the legendary Honus Wagner for scarcity.

    All fifteen tobacco brands are present and accounted for, and even a ridiculously scarce blank-backed specimen and the fraternal twins of the T213 and T215 issues that closely mirror the T206 design. Once this Platinum Night auction scatters this assembly to the four corners of the globe, it’s unlikely the feat will ever be repeated. This is trading card history in the making, and a field of battle that will draw only the most refined and determined of cardboard connoisseurs into competition.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 24
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