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Lot # 408 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb PSA EX-MT 6

Starting Bid - $2,000.00 , Sold For - $7,050.00

Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Ty Cobb card from the T205 Gold Border set, one of the most popular of all 1910-era tobacco issues, in exceptionally high grade for this issue. This is a stunning high-grade example of one of card collecting's most classic cards, from what is perhaps card collecting's single most condition-sensitive issue. The card displays only the slightest hint of white at the tips of the corners; otherwise the easily chipped gold borders are without any white whatsoever showing. This card has bold, striking colors, a flawlessly bright and clean surface, perfect registration, and is centered slightly to the bottom. The Polar Bear advertising on back has some very minor and light scattered spots of tobacco staining along the top border and a few spots in the center. A little tobacco staining is characteristic of Polar Bear cards. This is such a sharp card that if not for this minor tobacco staining on the reverse (which really doesn't bother us and should be expected on any Polar Bear back T205 or T206), this card would almost certainly be graded NM 7 by PSA. Excellent to Mint is a tremendous grade for T205 Gold Borders. Remember, there is only one Cobb in the T205 set (as opposed to four poses in the T206 set), and a grade of Ex-Mt in T205 is statistically far more significant in the extremely condition-sensitive T205 set than in T206, even without reference to the fact that T205s are much rarer than T206s. Prices of all high-grade T205s are just beginning to reflect the condition-sensitivity of the set, with the market now literally valuing T205s on a different scale than tobacco cards from other sets. As of this writing, only thirty-two T205 Cobbs have been graded Ex-Mt or better by PSA (three PSA 8, seven PSA 7, and twenty-two PSA 6). At the same time, 315 T206 White Border Cobbs grading Ex-Mt or better have been graded by PSA (three 9s, sixty-two 8s, 111 NM 7s, and 133 EX-MT 6s). Numbers don't lie. This card is a serious condition rarity. SMR is $6,000. This is an exceptionally outstanding high-grade example of Ty Cobb, the key card in the T205 Gold Border set. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $7,050.00

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