Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/20/2009
No baseball card could ever surpass the brilliant artistic designs and color patterns of the highly sought after 1911 Turkey Red cabinets. These oversized premiums were obtained by mailing in coupons from Turkey Red, Old Mill and Fez brand cigarettes, and are considered by most vintage card experts as the most attractive and exquisite cards ever produced in our treasured hobby. “Art meets baseball card” as the mesmerizing color schemes and frame like borders come together to create, by far, the closest specimen the cardboard industry has to compare to the world of prestigious fine art. The most sought after Hall of Famer produced in this 100 card baseball set was the legendary Tyrus Raymond Cobb, and it is his T3 Turkey Red masterpiece that we are presenting here in a splendid SGC 30/2 holder. Ty Cobb’s immortality cannot be over emphasized. He is a 1936 charter member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, and one of the greatest players ever to grace a baseball diamond. From a card perspective, he ranks with Ruth, Joe Jackson and Wagner as the most highly sought baseball collectible, and his rarities continue to achieve five figures plus. With that in mind, no other early 20th century Cobb artifact can compete with the unparalleled aesthetic brilliance of his Turkey Red specimen via its radiating color schemes, an omnipresent picturesque Cobb batting stance, and art like borders.
Simply stated, this “Georgia Peach” artifact is outstanding, depicting eye appeal that supersedes its technical assessment. The classic, almost daunting, Cobb batting stance is accompanied by a myriad of deep and light color patterns that have withstood the test of time, falling nothing short of a Michelangelo masterpiece. It staggers the mind that an almost 100 year old oversized card could possibly retain its original luster. Vibrant green, orange, yellow and grey hues emanate a still tranquility, transcending this timeless portrait back to its original bygone era, and you can almost feel Cobb’s intensity as he prepares to stroke another one of his 4,191 hits. The perimeter section of the card is super clean, the edging is fine, and the four corners, while moderately rounded, portray an eye pleasing uniformity. No major creasing is evident and the checklist back is fully intact. The only flaw potentially keeping this spectacular specimen from grading higher is a diminutive 1/8” abrasion situated by Cobb’s nose. Fortunately, the blemish is virtually lost within this miraculous keepsake’s grandeur aesthetics that are nearly unequivocal to any other “2” grade T3 Cobb we have come across. Bottom line is this historical remnant is a testament to our National Pastime’s origin via its captivating appearance, and the iconic player it majestically represents!
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