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1913 Sporting News Postcard
Fall 2012 Auction
Lot Number: 185
1913 M101-3 Sporting News
Graded by SGC as EX+ 70
Realized Price: $6,600
Issued by The Sporting News in 1913 as part of a six card premium set, this postcard features an absolutely stunning image of Tigers legend Ty Cobb. The basic image is black & white, with a fine layer of colorization added. The amount of detail visible is simply incredible, especially on Cobb's face, uniform, and cap.
This postcard pictures the great Ty Cobb right in the prime of his amazing 24-year career. From 1911-1915 he led the American League in hitting each year, twice batting over .400. He won the Triple Crown Award in 1909, and barely missed winning it a second time in 1911. And he was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1911.
Although graded EX+ 70 by SGC, this example actually presents as a borderline Near Mint quality copy. The surface quality is outstanding, the image is bold and clearly focused, and the corners show just a hint of wear. Based on the assigned grade, I'd have to guess that a small wrinkle is present somewhere on the card, however I've been unable to detect it. Regardless of the numerical grade, this example is extraordinarily attractive. This is the finest example certified by either SGC or PSA.