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    1914 T213 Coupon Cigarettes (Type 2) Ty Cobb SGC VG/EX+ 4.5. The T213 Coupon Cigarettes set of 1914 (the company issued three series between 1910-1919) features the same art from the T206 set. The cards are also the same size, which could have been confusing to collectors in the days before baseball card catalogs (and the internet, for that matter) were easily available. If not for the blue typeface on the front and the glossier coating, these cards could have been easily mistaken for T206 cards. As the reverse states, the "mild and sweet" Coupon Cigarettes were made in New Orleans, sold twenty for five cents, and the cards were inserted into the packs.

    They are also much less common than most of the T206 cards and this example featuring Ty Cobb is no exception. SGC has graded thirty-nine in its total population, making this a rare find. It has been graded SGC VG EX+ 4.5. The centering is a bit off on both the horizontal and vertical axes, but perfectly within the standards for its grade. The glossy surface of this issue is susceptible to wear; the corners of this example do show some softness and there is some slight edge damage on the back that is visible under magnification. Despite these minor setbacks, this is an outstanding card. Only one at this grade, only one higher.


    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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