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    1909-11 T206 Lenox-Black Ty Cobb (Red Portrait) SGC VG-EX 4. It's one of the most recognizable and essential components of the hobby's premier tobacco issue, but the Hall of Fame's first member is not the star of this particular show. That distinction belongs to the black-ink advertising text on verso, one of the rarest of all T206 backs. Only six Red Background Cobbs appear within the SGC population with this scarce verso, with this being the finest of that half dozen.

    Experts have opined that Lenox represents approximately one-tenth of one percent of all T206 entries, and known player variations remain in double digits. No definitive diagnosis of the reason for this intense scarcity has been made, but it is likely no more complicated than a miniscule original distribution relative to such common brands as Sweet Caporal and Piedmont.

    After the hen's-tooth rarity of the back, the cultured collector is most likely to notice the lush coloring in his examination, the deep red providing a fitting habitat for the sport's fiercest competitor. Surfaces are quite clean, with the typical corner wear responsible for most of the points lost in the SGC assessment. Certainly the card's sovereignty as king of the SGC population overrides any condition concerns.

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