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    The rarest Ty Cobb card in The Standard Catalog!

    1915 T214 Victory Tobacco Ty Cobb SGC 30 Good 2 - Only Two SGC-Graded Examples! If you've never even heard of Victory Tobacco cards, don't fret--it's perfectly normal that you haven't. Fewer than one hundred cards from the entirety of the issue appear in the combined population reports of SGC and PSA. There are two Cobb representations in the former, and only one in the latter. In short, this is the rarest cardboard commemorative of the Georgia Peach that exists.

    Limited regional distribution is the primary reason for that profound scarcity, as Victory Tobacco serviced only the state of Louisiana. Remarkably, it's the only tobacco issue dating to 1915, and one of a very few sets to feature players from the short-lived Federal League, which was in its second and final season of existence. We suspect that the Bayou State's legendary humidity decimated the ranks of the T214 over the passage of decades, driving the set to the brink of extinction. The advertising back promises ninety subjects, but fewer than sixty are known today.

    The obverse will be familiar to any tobacco card enthusiast, as the famous image by photographer Carl Horner, and its red background, is identical to the iconic T206 issue, though the typeface provides a clue that this is something unique. As the world's largest collectibles auctioneer, Heritage has offered only four cards from this set to date, and it's been six years since the last one.


    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
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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