Lot # 12: Extremely Rare T206 Ty Cobb Scrapper Sheet “Blank Back” (SGC “Auth”)

Category: 1900-1920

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 26 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic Rarities Auction 2016",
which ran from 4/22/2016 2:30 PM to
5/7/2016 7:00 PM

(LOT 12)
Extremely Rare T206 Ty Cobb Scrapper Sheet "Blank Back" (SGC "Auth")

In lieu of the remarkable "Lucky 7 Find" whereby 7 Ty Cobb ad back cards were recently found in a South Carolina attic, an incredible craze for iconic Cobb tobacco cards has swept through the hobby. Ty Cobb mania has aroused the most sophisticated enthusiasts, with the extremely scarce Ty Cobb ad back card seemingly on the tips of everyone's tongue! Previously there were an estimated 15 of these obscure cards with the revised count now standing at a still scarce 22. While this hallowed Cobb heirloom is truly a hobby icon, interestingly enough, a significantly rarer T206 specimen is a scrapper sheet "blank back" version, with this odd variation raked as the 9th scarcest back for ALL subjects on the renowned T206 Resource scarcity list.

It is our distinct pleasure to now offer an absolutely extraordinary Ty Cobb Red Portrait T206 "blank back" encapsulated in the customary SGC "Authentic" holder. Consider that this is one of only two SGC graded Ty Cobb "blank backs" (both red portraits) with PSA listing NONE on their census report, a mere fraction of the ultra-scarce Ty Cobb ad back subject! The rare combination of Ty Cobb's iconic baseball status and this seldom seen "blank back" T206 should immediately stimulate the most advanced collectors. Any vintage card of the immortal "Georgia Peach" is worthy of the utmost prestige, let alone one of his scarcest T206 keepsakes. Ty Cobb is, irrefutably, one of the greatest baseball players ever, justified by his incredible string of 12 batting titles in 13 seasons, .366 lifetime batting mark, and his 1936 Hall of Fame charter member status.

Typical with scrapper sheet "blank back" T206's, this example appears to have been hand cut due to a few uneven edges and received the technically appropriate "Authentic" assessment. Unlike the other SGC encapsulated specimen, this offering's classic Carl Horner portrait image exhibits outstanding eye appeal, portraying a crystal clear and well contrasted Cobb pose, as well as a robust red background. Free of any obtrusive flaws other than its expected hand-cut perimeter, this truly magnificent example sold for nearly $16,000 only a few years ago. Considering that some of the "Lucky 7" Ty Cobb back cards are fetching extraordinary price tags in excess of $300,000, this blank back T206 Ty Cobb marvel may actually suffice as one of the premier T206 investment opportunities in our illustrious hobby via its irrefutable paucity level!

MIN BID $5,000

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