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    1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb - Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA Good 2. While there's little dispute that the Wagner T206 inhabits the throne as king of the card collecting world, the presented Cobb rarity reveals hobbyists have almost twice the number of chances at a Wagner card. Though the red background portrait is the most plentiful of the four Cobb variants, it is the extraordinarily scarce "Ty Cobb, King of the Smoking Tobacco World" advertising back that elevates the presented specimen into the most elite level of the hobby.

    The prominent position of these two inaugural class Hall of Famers atop the T206 endangered species list results from very limited original print runs, though the reasons for the shortages differ. Wagner, perhaps tainted by folklore, is that the superstar shortstop believed tobacco cards effectively encouraged children to smoke and as such he wished to play no role. The inability to come to a contractual agreement over use of his likeness is the more likely reason. The scarcity of Cobb with a Ty Cobb back, however, has a simpler explanation. Cards featuring the rare back found circulation limited to tins of Ty Cobb brand smoking tobacco, a product enjoying just a fraction of the distribution of such titans of the tobacco industry such as Piedmont and Sweet Caporal.

    Graded PSA Good 2. Today, the number of Cobb/Cobb back cards in PSA holders has yet to reach twenty examples. PSA has reviewed thirty-four Wagner cards by comparison. The offered example of the former carries an accurate assessment with the bulk of points lost relate to (but are not limited to) a horizontal crease/surface scuff that encroaches from the left making its way to the "D" on his flannel jersey. Colors are spectacular thanks in part to as issued gloss. Corner wear is typical for a century-plus piece of thin card stock. In short, aesthetics of the card exceeds the technical rating. The advertising text on the verso is arguably even more important than the obverse image which would be a ridiculous concept for any other brand other than "TY Cobb."

    Guide Value or Estimate: $200,000 - up.

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    (Lots 50001-50525) - 10:00 PM Central Time, Thursday, September 19, 2019.
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