Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/11/2011
Aside from the T206 Honus Wagner, no pre-war baseball card could possibly boast the popularity and renowned status of the iconic T206 Red Portrait Ty Cobb depicting Carl Horner’s sanctified Cobb portrait pose! While there is certainly not a shortage of this “super print” card, there are several scant issues carrying extremely obscure reverse side cigarette ads. One such type rarity includes the seldom surfacing “Sovereign 460” ad back, and presented here is one of those scarce Cobb Red Portrait Sovereign 460’s in a splendid PSA 3 holder. Any Sovereign T206 card is a much tougher find then the standard Piedmont or Sweet Caporal Cigarette advertisement, substantiated by PSA’s census report indicating of the 71,000+ T206s with identified ad backs (63,000+ are listed as unknown backs), a mere 3.8% include either a Sovereign 150, 350 or 460 Subject designation (the “pop” chart does NOT distinguish between the various “Subject” designations).
Conservatively speaking, considering the Sovereign 460 Subject type card most likely represents only 10 - 15% of the total Sovereign count, the total “Sovereign 460’s” only account for some 0.6% of the total PSA graded T206’s (all 460 subject brands reflect minimal counts since they were issued at the “tail-end” of the T206 distribution process). More specifically relating to the Sovereign 460 Red Portrait Cobb, many T206 advanced enthusiasts concur that it arguably falls within the “top 10” of the toughest Ty Cobb ad backs, exceedingly rarer than brands such as American Beauty, Tolstoi, El Principe De Gales, Polar Bear and Old Mill, just to mention a few! With PSA currently listing 21 encapsulated Red Portrait Cobb’s with Sovereign backs (excluding of course the “unknown back” category), applying the aforementioned 15% “Sovereign 460” ratio to that total would theoretically suggest only 3 or 4 of that 21 total carry the significantly tougher Sovereign 460 advertisement. While that final product is only based on sheer speculation, it clearly indicates that the 460 Sovereign “Red Cobb” merits the utmost attention among the most sophisticated T206 back collectors, residing as one of the most excruciating Red Cobb T206s to capture along with the likes of Carolina Brights and Cycle (Broadleaf 460, Drum, and Lenox are in a league of their own regarding utmost rarity)!
Ty Cobb’s elite status as one of baseball’s greatest players ever has granted him premier status among the finest cardboard enthusiasts, justifying why the new owner of this seldom offered Sovereign 460 scarcity will immediately earn superior bragging rights within the collecting community. A fine “VG-3” specimen, only some very light staining along the two side borders and two upper rounded corners account for the grade. Cobb’s majestic portrait pose reveals no surface flaws, depicting brilliant facial hues with the seemingly timeless image set against a robust red background. The critical reverse side “SOVEREGN CIGARETTES FIT FOR A KING 460 SUBJECTS” advertisement still portrays its original bold and vivid green ink, set against a super clean off-white surface.
Keep in mind that ANY T206 Red Cobb ad back is worthy of a secure place in the most esteemed hobby gatherings due to this card’s unquestionable status as one of the hobby’s “Top 10” cardboard subjects, recently documented in PSA’s recent “Top 250 Sportscards” publication. With that in mind, add one of the scarcer advertisement backs to the immortal “Red Portrait Cobb” such as this remarkable Sovereign 460 Subjects offering, and you now have a T206 marvel worthy of World-Class status!
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