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    1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350-460/42 Overprint Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA NM-MT 8. Soon after his Detroit Tigers fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1909 World Series, the only meeting between these two Dead Ball era legends, Cobb lamented of Honus Wagner, "That god damned Dutchman is the only man in the game I can't scare." It was around that time that two of the most famous baseball cards in the collecting hobby were born, each a member of the fabled T206 set that has fascinated hobbyists for a full century. And more than one hundred years after Cobb and Wagner battled for supremacy in the sixth edition of the Fall Classic, their rivalry continues.

    When factoring condition into the assessment, the listed beauty is even more scarce than the Wagner representation that has captured the imagination of the hobby for over a century. Accounting for all known brands, eighteen other red-backed Cobbs share this specimen's lofty NM-MT 8 rating. A pair have surpassed - barely - with both resting at the slightly elevated 8.5 level in the history of PSA's service. But the rare "Factory No. 42" overprint on verso sets this remarkable specimen in a class of his own, making this a particularly apt commemorative for the first inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    One suspects that some minuscule aspect restricts entry to the penthouse of the grading structure, a shortcoming even easier to dismiss in cards issued during the Dead Ball Era when antiquated production methodology nearly assured imperfect centering. Color and registration are effectively flawless, and a stunning absence of wear leaves the corners as sharp as Cobb's famous spikes.


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    September, 2018
    20th Thursday
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