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1912 La Azora Cigars Ty Cobb - Running - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,259
Addendum: It has been brought to our attention that this card, as well as the other La Azora Cobb, are each actually one-half of a 1912 Detroit Tigers schedule, which has been neatly detached in the center (perhaps as intended). Thank you to Leon Luckey of Net54Baseball.com for providing us with this information, and a scan of the intact schedule, available for viewing here.
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC (submitted by REA). Highest-graded example! Exceptionally rare and newly discovered example of Ty Cobb (running pose) from the 1912 La Azora Cigars series. Issued by a Detroit-area cigar company, this "set" (it is comprised of only two cards) depicts Ty Cobb in two ideal poses, fielding and running, with the reverse featuring the Detroit Tigers' home and away schedules, respectively, for the 1912 season. The sepia-toned images are on postcard-size stock with the schedule boldly printed in brown ink on a white reverse. Interestingly, this card (and the La Azora Cigars fielding pose of Cobb, which is presented as a separate lot in this auction) was purchased by our consignor as part of an original-owner 1910-era collection, the balance of which were Detroit Tigers Dietsche postcards. This is one of Ty Cobb's rarest cards, having only been cataloged in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards within the past decade. Only five examples, of either pose, have ever been graded by SGC or PSA (three fielding and two running). This is the highest-graded example of the running pose with only a single GOOD 30 having ever been graded. The offered card displays even wear to the four corners (slightly more in the bottom left), tiny areas of chipping along the fragile colored borders, and no crease or wrinkles. Entirely clean reverse. This tremendous newly discovered example of this incredibly rare card would be a worthy addition to any world-class Ty Cobb, sample, or prewar-card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,259
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