Lot # 30: Magnificent 1911 George Close Candy Ty Cobb “Green Background” (PSA EX 5) – “1 of 3”; Only 3 Graded Higher

Category: 1900-1920

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

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Item was in Auction "Holy Grail Rarities Auction",
which ran from 11/19/2018 6:15 PM to
12/15/2018 7:00 PM

(LOT 30)
Magnificent 1911 George Close Candy Ty Cobb "Green Background" (PSA EX 5) "1 of 3"; Only 3 Graded Higher

In 1911, the George Close Company of Cambridge Mass. released a very popular candy set with 30 different subjects that included six possible color backs (gold/yellow, red, hunter green, purple, olive green, and blue). Like most pre-WWI sets, the most popular and valuable subject is the immortal Tyrus Raymond Cobb, still the owner of baseball's highest lifetime average with his pinnacle .366 mark, and arguably the greatest five-tool ballplayer that has ever graced a Major League baseball diamond. It is with distinct pleasure that we offer here what is undoubtedly one of Ty Cobb's toughest issues, the E94 blue background George Close Candy subject in an outstanding PSA "EX 5" holder. Justifying its scarcity at the assigned grade is the illustrious PSA "pop" Chart indicating that of the total 35 encapsulated copies, only 2 other specimens exist at this mid-grade plateau with a meager 3 examples graded higher! The immortal "Georgia Peach" wore out pitchers over his unparalleled playing career and was one of five players chosen as a prestigious 1936 Hall of Fame charter member.

His classic fielding pose also depicted on his E93 and E98 issues portrays a larger superimposed image, emanating superb clarity and contrast. Donning his period like "turn of the century" gray knit sweater, Cobb never looked better as his iconic central image depicts virtually no flaws, whatsoever. The highly coveted hunter green background is extremely well centered between by four relatively clean borders, with modest/even corner wear accounting for the grade. No obtrusive surface damage is evident, and the verso's 30-subject checklist is completely intact. One would be hard pressed to find a finer E94 Cobb, with only a handful of mid-grade or higher specimens available for the taking. George Close Candy cards are among the scarcer and most desirable pre-WWI caramel issues, and as previously stated, locating a "Georgia Peach" mid-grade subject is a near-impossible task. Whether you are building this eclectic set or collecting Cobb's rarest cardboard artifacts, claiming ownership of this highly coveted E94 memento will immediately augment your vintage gathering!

MIN BID $5,000

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