Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XIX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/14/2008
The distinction between collecting classic art and baseball cards is, at best, a minimal fine line. Art has its ‘Picassos and Rembrandts’ while high end baseball cards includes treasures such as the T206 Wagner, a Goudey Lajoie and Mantle’s 1952 Topps rookie. From an investment perspective, both hobbies provide outstanding investment opportunity as well the simple joy of being the individual that has ‘bought the right to own a copy’! Regarding presentation, certainly there are a handful of cards that also exhibit unique and/or fascinating art in their player designs, providing additional motivation for the serious enthusiast to venture in owning these artistic rarities. With that in mind, no baseball card could ever surpass the brilliant artistic designs and color patterns of the highly sought 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. Amongst the number of Hall of Famers that were produced in this 100 card baseball set was the legendary Tyrus Raymond Cobb, and it is his highly sought after T3 Turkey Red masterpiece that we are presenting here in a high-end PSA 5 holder. To date, PSA and SGC COMBINED, have encapsulated 83 Cobb Turkey Reds with only 7 or 8% graded higher! Ty Cobb’s legacy, simply put, cannot be over emphasized. He is one of the five original Hall of Famers and arguably, one of the top five players in baseball history. Over 4,000 hits, 891 stolen bases, 2,200+ runs scored, 12 A.L. batting titles and, most impressive, baseball’s all-time lifetime hitter with a .367 average easily support the preceding argument. 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. Recently, his M110 Sporting Life Cabinet card and T206 Ty Cobb back cards achieved record prizes, and one look at this masterpiece makes you wonder what place it should take next to these other Cobb gems. It basically displays it all…brilliant colors, the picturesque Cobb batting stance that is omnipresent in nature, and art like borders with all of the above contributing to this card being a major candidate for a home in the world renowned Louvre in Paris, France. Condition - Regarding aesthetics, this Cobb example is nothing short of spectacular and presents far beyond the technical “Ex” grade. The classic, almost daunting, Cobb batting stance is accompanied by a myriad of combined deep and light color patterns that have withstood the test of time, falling nothing short of a recently completed oil painting. Brilliant green, orange, yellow and grey colors perfectly blend to create a timeless portrait, worthy of Cooperstown itself. It staggers the mind that an almost 100 year old production could retain its original luster. Only the perimeter section of the card reveals the slightest toning with the four corners still reflecting their relatively square shapes. The checklist back is fully intact with vivid print registration and only a few minute toning spots near the base portion of the card. No creasing or wrinkles are evident on both the front and back. Overall, this portrayal of one of baseball’s greatest players is incomparable to say the least, with any serious collector already wondering if this particular card is a perfect candidate for a ‘half-grade’ up-tick in PSA’s new grading system. What could be more impressive than an oversized card of one of baseball’s five original Hall of Famers displayed in a color scheme that surpasses 21st century technology. More impressively, the Turkey Red Cobb is not only one of sport’s cards top 250, but recently categorized as a top 20 cardboard collectible! Bottom line is this historical remnant, aesthetically worthy of induction into baseball’s illustrious Hall of Fame, transcends time to the origin of our National Pastime, providing a desire for even the novice collector to begin investing in early 20th century artifacts such as this most desirable cabinet gem.
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