Lot # 73: 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb – Green Portrait – Piedmont 350 Subjects/Factory 25 (SGC NM+ 7.5) - “1 of 3” Piedmont SGC Examples; Highest Graded SGC Copy for ALL Ad Backs!

Category: 1900-1920

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

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(LOT 73)
1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb – Green Portrait – Piedmont 350 Subjects/Factory 25 (SGC NM+ 7.5) - "1 of 3" Piedmont SGC Examples; Highest Graded SGC Copy for ALL Ad Backs!

No one would argue 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 NM/MT 8 example achieving a staggering $435,000 price tag in December 2020! Safe to say, the incredible legacy for the T206 Green Portrait Cobb's strengthens each and every day, with the collecting community exhibiting an unquenchable desire to capture the most formidable examples. Of the four hallowed T206 Cobb issues, the most treasured subject has always been 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. This absolutely magnificent SGC Near-Mint+ 7.5 Piedmont 350 Subjects offering just happens to join 2 other Piedmont examples on the SGC census report as the finest of its kind, with not a single SGC Green Portrait Cobb achieving an "8" assessment, regardless of its cigarette ad back. While PSA does list a meager 2 Piedmont 8's on their "Pop" Chart, we can arguably state that those two examples most likely fall short of the breathtaking aesthetics emanating from this remarkable offering. An unparalleled gem to say the least, its premier grade places it alongside other hobby icons such as the Baltimore News Ruth, Babe Ruth M101 Rookie, T206 Plank, Ty Cobb w/a Cobb ad back, '33 Goudey Lajoie, and '52 Topps Mantle (just to mention a few) as one of the most significant and valuable sports cards extant.

Cobb's 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. Of Cobb's 12 batting championships, 9 were won in consecutive fashion (1907-1915), with his .366 lifetime average still "head and heals" above its closest competitor (Hornsby's .358). Cobb easily ranks as one of baseball's all-time players, justifying why his renowned baseball card issues are aggressively pursued by advanced collectors, with none more popular than a high-grade T206 Green Portrait subject. Synonymous with his remarkable playing prowess is the utter "brilliance" associated with this NM+ marvel that portrays a splendid Carl Horner portrait pose of the fiery batting champion. The iconic Cobb image reveals near-perfect centering and a rich green background, encompassed by four blinding white borders. Additional highlights include striking pink hues on Cobb's cheeks, pack-fresh surfaces and razor-sharp corner tips. Literally speaking, the legendary image seems to transcend time back to a by-gone era when the "Georgia Peach" ruled America's Pastime in a manner that mesmerized his overmatched peers.

The final exclamation point is a brilliant verso that reveals a bold midnight blue Piedmont 350 Subjects advertisement and super clean surface. Unequivocally standing tall as one of the finest preserved Green Portrait Cobb's on the planet, we cannot possibly imagine any of the mere few SGC 7.5 and PSA 8 specimens boasting finer bragging rights with respect to this museum worthy offering's spellbinding visual appeal. We can only speculate as to the limits of its soaring value that has already seen a PSA 8 reach the hefty sum of $435,000 in December 2020, and we surely know how the card market has literally "exploded" over the past 6 months with regard to its meteoric-like pricing surge for the hobby's foremost issues. Considering this majestic Green Cobb's unbridled stature, its "spine-tingling" eye appeal arguably equal to any PSA 8 specimen we have encountered, and NM+ 7.5 assessment that resides as a pinnacle SGC grade; we cannot imagine a finer cardboard memento to capture as a sound investment opportunity and quintessential centerpiece attraction!

MIN BID $25,000

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