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1912 T227 Series of Champions Ty Cobb (Miners Extra)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,000
Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. Very attractive example of the key card of Ty Cobb from the 1912 T227 tobacco series, issued by Miners Extra and Honest Long Cut. The T227 Cobb is literally more than one-hundred times rarer than the T205 or T206 tobacco cards of Ty Cobb, but its much greater rarity is far from fully reflected in its value. This may, in part, be because T227s so rarely survive in technically high grades that they are not a focus of high-grade collectors. The belief is that these cards are rarely found in high grade because cards from this set were packaged in tobacco pouches without protection from either tobacco or general handling. T227 Series of Champions are unique in design, and have the look of “giant T206s.” There are only twenty-five cards in the set, including four ballplayers. This is a very attractive card, with a stronger appearance at a glance than suggested by its technically accurate assigned grade. In GOOD condition, bright and crisp with brilliant colors, flawless registration, outstanding centering, light creasing in the top left corner, and minor wear to the four corners. The reverse is entirely clean and features a biography of Cobb along with advertising for Miners Extra Smoking Tobacco. This is a very striking example of this rare, uniquely designed, and, in our opinion, extremely overlooked tobacco issue. One of the best of all Ty Cobb cards. SOLD FOR $3,000
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