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    1909-11 T206 Drum Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA Authentic - One of Only Two PSA-Graded Examples. While there's an obvious reason that the Ty Cobb back is the most celebrated of the Red Background variants, the Georgia Peach's eponymous format is downright common in comparison to this one. Check the PSA population and you'll find just one other example boasting a Drum verso. In fact, the brand is so scarce that only 161 different subjects have been discovered to date, considerably less than a third of the full T206 roster.

    Certainly the first member of the Baseball Hall of Fame stands at the top of that hierarchy, and this is the only Cobb of the four T206 variants in the known Drum population. The supreme rarity of the card will most assuredly convince the cultured collector to forgive its condition stumbles. A rebuilt upper right corner accounts for the "Authentic" assessment, and a degree of staining appears on both sides, but none of it is particularly troublesome. This may very well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at ownership, and investments in rare Cobb material haven't gone wrong yet.


    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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    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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