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1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb With Ty Cobb Back

Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $29,000.00

Graded Good 30 by SGC. Presented is one of card collecting's most legendary rarities: The T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back. This is one of only twelve examples known to exist. The offered card is a very pleasing example with rounded corners, a single crease in the upper left corner, bright colors, and perfect registry. The initials "J. H." are written on the reverse in violet blue pencil. This card is one of the five which originate from the legendary find of T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back cards discovered in Georgia in 1997. The initials "J. H." on the reverse are those of John Hudson, the original owner of the card. It was Hudson's great-grandson who discovered the five T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" backs among his great-grandfather's belongings, preserved between the pages of a book. John W. Hudson operated a mercantile store in Reynolds, Georgia from around the turn of the century until 1917. It is unknown how he came to possess the Ty Cobb cards. Exactly how these cards were distributed has always remained one of the great mysteries of the card collecting world. One thing is certain, though, and that is that Ty Cobb was revered as one of Georgia's own, and it is not a coincidence that this card originates from his home state. The five John Hudson Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back cards were all auctioned in the same sale by Robert Edward Auctions in June of 1997. Prior to that discovery, there were only six examples known. (One additional example has surfaced since that time). The T206 set is the premier set of the era and the single most significant and widely collected of all baseball card sets. The T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back card is, of course, actually considerably rarer that the famous Honus Wagner card from the same set. A strong case can be made that the T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back should be assigned its own catalog number as a "one-card set," but due to its great similarity to the T206 series, this card has always been considered a T206. There are twelve Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back examples known, and approximately sixty T206 Honus Wagners known to exist. This is an exceptional example of one of card collecting's most significant rarities, with tremendous eye-appeal, and extraordinary provenance. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000/$30,000. SOLD FOR $29,000.00

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