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Lot # 158 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Red Portrait

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,300

Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Exceptionally attractive example of one of the four classic poses of Ty Cobb from the T206 White Border series. The T206 portrait of Ty Cobb set against a brilliant red background is considered by many collectors to be his single most classic card. It is one of the most recognizable and popular of all vintage baseball cards. This is a tremendous example with even stronger eye-appeal than suggested by its very respectable and technically accurate grade. The card is bright and crisp, both front and back, with a deep, red background, perfect registration, and four strong corners. The centering is virtually perfect. It has been downgraded from Ex or Ex-Mt due to a very faint, almost imperceptible surface crease extending from the "D" on Cobb's uniform to the base of his ear. The Piedmont ad on the reverse is well centered and very clean. Interestingly, there is a very faint wet-sheet transfer along the extreme edge of the reverse, which appears to read "Chance Chicago Nat'l," suggesting that a Chance card was stacked underneath this card at one time, perhaps early in the printing process over 100 years ago! This is an extremely desirable grade for this classic card, providing a relatively affordable alternative to a far more expensive super high-grade example, without compromising on all of the most important qualities of the card. We don't think anyone could ever ask for a finer example for the grade. This is an outstanding example of one of vintage-card collecting's great classics.  Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $3,300

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