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1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb - Green Background (Ghost Image on Back!)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $3,259
Graded VG 40 by SGC (submitted by REA). Extremely attractive example of Ty Cobb set against a green background in portrait pose from the T206 series. The Green Background pose has long been considered the rarest of the four poses of Cobb in the T206 set. While sorting an old-time tobacco-card collection consigned to this auction, this card jumped out at us. In addition to being a striking example of one of the key cards to the T206 set, this card possessed a unique partial ghost image on the reverse. On the reverse, a "ghost image" of the "D" emblem from his jersey is boldly defined as is the entire "Cobb, Detroit" nameplate along the bottom edge. Upon closer examination, the hair on top of Cobb's head, as well as the seam of his jersey top are also visible. It appears to us (though we are not certain exactly how) that the black print neatly transferred onto the reverse during the printing process at the factory. However this occurred, it has clearly created a “shadow" or "ghost image” of Cobb on the reverse that is identical to portions of the pose on the front of the card. It is possible that the reverse image was somehow accidentally added by the printing press, somehow related to early press preparation. Perhaps this unusual card will provide insight into the T206 printing process. Whatever the explanation for the anomaly, this is an outstanding T206 Cobb example with flawless registration, a crisp image, centering to the left, and natural even rounding to the corners. Clean, both front and back, with a Sweet Caporal reverse. This card has been in our consignor's family for more than thirty years, and before that, it resided in the possession of a gentleman who collected T206s as a youngster (upon his death, his wife gave all the cards to her neighbor, our consignor, so that her son might enjoy them). When it comes to the T206 set, which is the most highly collected of all vintage card sets, anything unusual (especially if it might in any way shed light on the mysteries of how the T206 set was printed) is of great note. As collectors have become more sophisticated, there has been a growing appreciation for all great rarities and unusual cards associated with the landmark T206 set. This is a fascinating factory printing anomaly that is by chance on Cobb's Green Background portrait pose card, one of Ty Cobb's all-time classic cards and one of the key cards in the T206 set. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259
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