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1912 T227 Miners Extra Ty Cobb

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,740

Graded GOOD+ 35 by SGC (submitted by REA). Only five examples grade higher out of twenty-one evaluated by SGC to date. Exceptionally attractive, newly discovered example of the key card of Ty Cobb from the 1912 T227 tobacco series, issued by Miners Extra and Honest Long Cut. This is one of Ty Cobb's rarest and most unusual tobacco cards. 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. This particular example has been consigned by the family of the original owner, who owned a five-and-dime store in the early 1900s. This card likely originated from the tobacco sold in his store, whether he pulled it from a pouch himself or was given it by one of his customers who was more interested in the tobacco than the card insert. 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 far better appearance at a glance than suggested by its technically accurate assigned grade. Bright and crisp with brilliant colors, flawless registration, even wear to the corners, and perfect centering. Light vertical creasing along the left side of the card is responsible for the downgrade. The reverse, which features a biography of Cobb and advertising for Miners Extra Smoking Tobacco, is clean and boldly printed. This is only the third Miners Extra Cobb we have ever offered (compared to six Honest Long Cut examples). 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. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,740

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