Lot # 488: 1909 T206 Ty Cobb – Green Portrait “Sweet Caporal 150 Subjects/Factory 30 – (PSA EX 5)

Category: 1900-1920

Starting Bid: $3,500.00

Bids: 26 (Bid History)

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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 488)
1909 T206 Ty Cobb Green Portrait "Sweet Caporal 150 Subjects/Factory 30 (PSA EX 5)

Pre-war enthusiasts would surely realize that one of the "hottest" collectibles in the card market is the hallowed T206 "Green Portrait" that is realizing record prices with each and every sale. Incredibly, all grade levels continue to soar in value with a PSA 8 example recently fetching an unfathomable $360,000! Of the four hallowed T206 Cobb issues, the most coveted and valuable subject is unquestionably the Ty Cobb Green Portrait pose portraying Carl Horner's seemingly timeless Cobb image. Easily residing as one of the most coveted cardboard mementos in the hobby, it is included on virtually every elite enthusiast's "Top 10" list including PSA's "Top 250 Sports Cards" publication. Presented here just happens to be a spectacular PSA "EX 5" Green Portrait Cobb with a Sweet Caporal 150 Subjects/Factory 30 ad back that stands as one of the foremost mid-grade examples on the planet. Indeed, its spectacular aesthetics earn it world-class stature, and any serious hobbyist is well aware of the pricing escalation for superior eye appeal cards.

Strong examples of this pricing phenomena are various "EX 5" specimens selling between $15K-$20K and two "EX+ 5.5" subjects fetching astonishing $26K and $39K pricing points! Along with Babe Ruth and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, no pre-war Hall of Famer carries the prestige among sophisticated hobbyists as the immortal "Georgia Peach". His playing brilliance has earned him pinnacle like hobby accolades, and it was no surprise when the baseball writers of America chose him as one of our National Pastime's five original 1936 Hall of Fame charter members along with Ruth, Wagner, Mathewson and Johnson. He won an unfathomable 9 consecutive batting championships and 12 overall, with his .366 lifetime average still "head and heels" above its closest competitor (Hornsby's .358). Cobb stands as one of baseball's greatest players ever, with arguably his most iconic cardboard issue the illustrious T206 Green Portrait subject. Synonymous with his remarkable playing prowess is the utter "brilliance" associated with this "EX 5" gem that portrays a splendid Carl Horner portrait pose of the fiery batting champion.

The regal-like Cobb image depicts a strikingly robust green background, is encompassed by four bright white borders and reflects a fine perimeter. Most significant, the image reveals atypical magnificent centering, with the "top to bottom" positioning virtually dead-on 50/50 and the "left to right" centering an approximate near-perfect 45/55. Only some modest/even corner wear that actually emanates a visually appealing uniformity prevents this card from achieving a higher assessment. Its final exclamation points are relatively clean surfaces and a stellar Sweet Caporal 150 Subjects/Factory 30 ad back that all support the superb grade. Based on current mid-grade value trends, apparently no end is in sight for the spiraling pricing upticks realized with each and every sale. With that in mind, we cannot even begin to estimate what this outstanding PSA EX 5 Cobb will ultimately fetch; considering its unparalleled desirability, remarkable aesthetics, current infinite-like pricing surge and unequivocal niche among the hobby's most exalted cardboard keepsakes!

MIN BID $3,500

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