Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIV
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The unparalleled combination of Ty Cobb’s iconic “hands apart” batting image affixed to his hallowed Cracker Jack baseball card will forever reign as one of the hobby’s foremost cardboard artifacts. For both the 1914 and 1915 calendar years, baseball card collecting was taken to a new level via the ultra-popular thin stock cardboard subjects inserted into boxes of the ultra-popular caramel corn treats. While many distinguished Hall of Famers and stars were included on the extensive laundry list of our National Pastime’s early 20th century heroes, NONE could possibly compare to the immortal reverence of the Tyrus Raymond Cobb #30 subject. Cobb’s Cracker Jack issue resides as one of the most coveted cards in our illustrious hobby via his archetypal batting image affixed to this sanctified relic. While meticulous enthusiasts relentlessly pursue the finest 1914 Cracker Jack examples of this world-class collectible, due to the significant caramel corn staining on many 1914 specimens, eye pleasing copies are few and far between. Inspiring collectors is the majestic Ty Cobb batting stance, with his “hands apart” pose an imposing “Georgia Peach” trademark sought after by the most sophisticated enthusiasts. You can almost feel the intensity radiating from his stoic expression as Ty prepares to stroke another one of his remarkable 4,191 safeties. It is no secret that Ty Cobb is widely considered one of the finest players who ever graced a baseball diamond. He could hit (his .367 average still reigns supreme), run (he stole 891 bases), throw and field better than any player in the “dead-ball” era, with his most amazing achievement his incomparable run of 12 batting titles in 13 seasons including 9 consecutive titles! No wonder his pre-WWI cardboard remnants are among the premier collectibles in the hobby, with NONE of his issues achieving the unparalleled stature of a high grade Cracker Jack gem. In fact, its immense recognition has earned it an eternal resting place in “Top 250 Sports Card Hobby Guide”, a significant sports card “bible” that has stimulated a new hobby collecting angle. For nearly 25 years, Ty Cobb ravaged pitchers with his superior batting skills, substantiating his unquestionable standing as one of baseball’s five Hall of Fame 1936 charter members. While many cards of this immortal batsman depict desirable images, most sophisticated hobbyists agree it is his Cracker Jack pose that depicts the quintessential Cobb pose transcending us back to the early 20th century when the “Georgia Peach” ruled America’s National Pastime!
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1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb SGC 3.5 VG+

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Minimum Bid: $6,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $15,438.00
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Friday, March 30, 2018.
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