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1914 T213 Coupon Cigarettes Ty Cobb (Type 2) - Portrait - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,900

Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. One of only two examples graded at this level with none higher! Incredibly stunning T213 (Type 2) of Ty Cobb in a portrait pose, one of the key cards to this elusive and extremely rare tobacco set. T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarettes is one of tobacco-card collecting's rarest and most overlooked sets. This is the finest T213 (Type 2) example of Cobb we have ever seen, let alone offered! (Note: There are two poses of Cobb in the set: an outstanding example of the bat-off-shoulder pose from the same collection is also presented in this auction as its own lot.)1914 T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarettes is a particularly interesting issue. Similar in design and borrowing the same images as T206, the T213 (Type 2) Coupon set was issued exclusively in the Louisiana area, and is far rarer than its T206 counterparts. Because they were issued in 1914, they are not only one of the last of the traditional tobacco-card issues, but also one of the few tobacco-card sets to feature players identified with Federal League teams. Their connection and significance to the T206 set is especially fascinating due to cards identifying players with teams different than those indicated in the T206 set. In many ways, the T213 (Type 2) Coupon is truly an extension of the T206 set. The T213 (Type 2) Coupon cards are seldom seen, and because of this receive little attention, but upon reflection we think it would be impossible for any advanced tobacco-card collector to not appreciate the intrigue and unique connection of T213 (Type 2) Coupons (as well as their extreme relative rarity) to the T206 "White Borders" set. This is a gorgeous T213 (Type 2) Ty Cobb; flawlessly bright, clean, and almost perfectly centered, with a deep red background and perfect registration. The corners are strong with only light touches of wear. The back is clean with very bold and crisp print. T213 (Type 2) Coupons are far rarer than their T206 counterparts. This is an extraordinary example of perhaps the single most desirable key card in the set, and one of Cobb's rarest and most interesting tobacco cards.  Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,900

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