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    1919 T213 Coupon Cigarettes (Type 3) Ty Cobb (Portrait-Factory No. 8 Overprint) SGC 30 Good 2--Only Graded Example! Check the population reports of SGC and PSA and you'll find only this stupendously rare specimen, unquestionably the rarest of all cardboard Cobb commemoratives. While the obverse image is certainly familiar due to its use in the legendary T206 issue, the typeface below the portrait is the first hint that this is not a member of that Big Three breed. Flip it over and you'll find the "Coupon Cigarettes" advertising text, but it's the black bar at the bottom that makes this a true "unicorn."

    Take a look at the adjacent lot to see what the card looked like before the "Factory No. 8" overprint, an alteration implemented by a Louisiana printer who didn't want Factory 3 to get undue credit. Fewer than a dozen of these overprint cards exist for all subjects in the populations of the two leading grading services, and this Cobb is certainly the pick of that tiny litter. Typical corner wear must be reported, as does a western shift in centering, but this is still an attractive card for the grade, and a true "one-of-one" rarity.


    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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    Auction Dates
    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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