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Majestic T3 Turkey Red
Ty Cobb

Summer 2010 Auction
Lot Number: 6
1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets # 9
Ty Cobb
Checklist Back - Offer
Graded by SGC as EX/NM 80

Realized Price: $24,600

Perhaps the most beautiful baseball card ever produced. This majestic 5-3/4" x 8" cardboard "Cabinet" card, featuring the legendary Ty Cobb, is part of the landmark T3 Turkey Red set. Issued in 1910 and 1911, these cards were available by mailing in coupons found in various cigarette brands manufactured by the American Tobacco Co. A total of 126 cards were included in this set, 100 featuring baseball players and 26 featuring boxers. The quality of the artwork on these cards, and the beautiful colors used, are really without equal. In the opinion of many, Ty Cobb was the greatest player in baseball history. Over a 24 year career, Cobb established a slew of offensive records, many of which still hold today. His lifetime batting average of .367 has yet to be challenged. He amassed a total of 12 batting titles, and hit over .300 in all but one season. He was one of only two players to accumulate more than 4,000 hits. When the balloting was conducted for the inaugural Hall-of-Fame elections, Cobb was one of five players chosen - finishing number one in votes received.

The example offered is absolutely spectacular. The only finer T3 Cobb that I've seen is a copy that I purchased at the 1983 National Convention in Chicago, and was eventually graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Number two, over a 30 year span, is pretty good. This card has a perfectly centered interior image. The borders are free from any impairments, with just a hint of a toning shadow visible along the lower right side. The image of Cobb and the background artwork are simply breathtaking. The detail on his uniform, the likeness of his face, and the gorgeous pastel coloration are literally indescribable. And the surface quality is outstanding, with a beautiful layer of paper sheen cascading over the entire area.

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