Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/17/2011
There are only a handful of baseball cards that, that by one simple glance, transcend time back to the origins of America’s National Pastime. One such card is the eminent Ty Cobb T206 “Bat Off-Shoulder” pose that provides a stoic image of the Georgia Peach’s iconic batting grip as he prepares to stroke another one of his legendary 4,191 safeties. This Cobb artifact is synonymous with everything baseball represents, with every aspiring enthusiast seeking to add one to their collection. Advanced hobbyists seek out strong mid-grade or better aesthetically pleasing specimens for their elite collections, and with that in mid, presented here is a superb T206 Ty Cobb “Bat Off Shoulder” example encapsulated in an SGC 60/5 holder. The T206 Cobb is listed as one of the card hobby’s top 250 sports cards, and no one would argue considering the accomplishments of Cobb’s illustrious career. Still the author of baseball’s highest lifetime batting average at a stratospheric .367 level, Cobb’s immortal status justifiably earned him a 1936 charter membership in baseball’s illustrious Hall of Fame. Likewise, his representation on this spectacular cardboard memento is virtually un-improvable and merits Cooperstown status! You can almost feel the wood grain on the bat, as Cobb readies himself for battle with his iconic “hands apart” grip. Crystal clear registration elevates the illustration to a somewhat 3-D like format image, with the striking depth perception highlighted by brilliant light blue, yellow, orange, grey and green colored hues. Cobb’s hallowed image is well centered “top to Bottom” and slightly favors the right edge, with the corner tips diminutive wear providing a super eye leasing uniformity. No obtrusive surface flaws are evident, and the “Piedmont Cigarettes 350 Subjects bold blue advertisement is affixed to a bright white surface. Only the aforementioned corner wear could have possibly prevented this card from achieving an “EX+”/“EX-MT” technical assessment with a majority of its attributes easily consistent with a higher graded specimen. Yet, considering that this ultra-desirable Ty Cobb offering continues to be one of his most popular early 20th century cardboard treasures, the combined mid-grade assessment and spectacular visual qualities will more than suffice for virtually any elite collector!
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