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    1910 T213 Coupon Cigarettes (Type 1) Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA Good 2 - Pop Two, None Higher. Probably one of the rarest Ty Cobb cards to be found is this T213 Coupon Cigarettes Type One from 1910. On the front, this card looks exactly the same as the T206 "White Border" cards from the same era. It features the same artwork, which was based on a Carl Horner photograph of Cobb, and the same typeface. It is the same size, as well. Even the reverse does little to differentiate itself from itself from a T206 card and could easily be confused as one of the more obscure brands from the White Border set. The Coupon cards were, however, printed on thinner stock, which makes them part of a condition-sensitive set.

    This example of a T213 Type One card of Cobb has been graded PSA Good 2. Centering is very admirable, and the print quality is superb. The card has been graded as such due to corner softness, some minor surface issues on the front, and two very small creases to the bottom corners. However, for a card this rare, beggars cannot be choosers. This is a very desirable piece. Only five graded at PSA, none higher with a population of two at this grade.


    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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    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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