Lot # 1: 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Portrait Green Piedmont 150/25 PSA 7 NM - POP 3 Piedmont; Only 2 PSA Piedmont Examples Graded Higher!

Category: 1900-1920

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

Bids: 35 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Winter Premier 2024 Auction",
which ran from 1/17/2024 9:00 AM to
2/3/2024 7:00 PM




(LOT 1)
1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Portrait Green Piedmont 150/25 PSA 7 NM - POP 3 Piedmont; Only 2 PSA Piedmont Examples Graded Higher!

GEORGIA PEACH TOBACCO!!! One of the hobby's most iconic cards is the hallowed T206 Ty Cobb Green Portrait which is realizing record prices with each and every sale. Incredibly, all grade levels continue to soar in value with a recent PSA 8 NM-MT example achieving a staggering $488,000 price tag in October 2023 as well as a PSA 7 fetching $98K in May 2021! Safe to say, the incredible legacy of 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; proudly holding a secure spot in PSA's Top 250 Sportscards. This breathtaking PSA 7 NM Cobb Piedmont 150 Subjects offering just happens to join two other Piedmont examples on the SGC census report as the finest of its kind, with ONLY TWO Piedmont specimens graded higher!

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 with 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. By 1909, Cobb had already claimed two consecutive American League batting titles, and he would continue this trend for another seven years with his nine consecutive batting championships (1907-15), and 12 in a 13-year span as one of our National Pastime's most remarkable records. His additional record of still having the highest MLB lifetime batting average (.366) via his 4,189 safeties will most likely never be eclipsed, and it was no surprise when the baseball writers of America chose him as one of our National Pastime's five original 1936 HOF charter members.

Tyrus easily ranks as one of baseball's five greatest all-time players, justifying why his renowned baseball card issues are aggressively pursued by advanced collectors such as this PSA 7 T206 Green Portrait subject. Synonymous with his remarkable playing prowess is the utter brilliance associated with this near-mint marvel portraying an outstanding Carl Horner portrait pose of the fiery batting champion. The iconic Cobb image reveals near-perfect centering (only exhibiting a smidge of partiality towards the upper edge), and the ultra-rich green background is absolutely astonishing. Four blinding white borders, a fine perimeter, pack-fresh surfaces, and somewhat square corners consistent with the assessment are additional features supporting the lofty grade. Most significantly, the combination of the striking pink hues on Cobb's cheeks and the aforementioned super bold green backdrop could make anyone skip a beat.

Literally speaking, the legendary image seems to transcend time back to a bygone era when the Georgia Peach ruled America's Pastime in a manner that mesmerized his overmatched peers. The final exclamation point is an imposing verso revealing a bold midnight blue Piedmont 150 Subjects/Factory 25 advertisement and 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 higher graded examples boasting finer bragging rights with respect to this offering's spellbinding visual appeal. While we can only speculate as to the limits of its soaring value, the Portrait Green Cobb is one of the undisputed finest investment cards extant. Meteor pricing surges continue onward for the hobby's foremost issues, and considering its spine-tingling eye appeal and hallowed PSA 7 assessment, this quintessential memento unequivocally resides as a resounding investment opportunity and centerpiece attraction for the most sophisticated collection!

MIN BID $25,000

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