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No one would argue that the “Holy Grail” Ty Cobb cardboard prize is his elusive Ty Cobb “King of the Tobacco Smoking World” T206 issue that recently realized a staggering price tag in excess of $150K! There are, however a handful of Ty Cobb issues that are actually rarer than his majestic T206 Ty Cobb back subjects, with one of those highly coveted offerings his distinguished 1907 W600 Sporting Life cabinet rookie card, presented here in a superb eye pleasing PSA 1-MK holder. While we are not attempting to diminish the stature of Cobb’s hallowed T206 Ty Cobb back gem, simply stated, his extraordinary 1907 W600 cabinet just happens to represent one of his renowned rookie card subjects along with several postcard issues. Extremely rare, this PSA 1 Ty Cobb (MK) marvel is one of only 3 examples listed on the COMBINED PSA and SGC census reports. Furthermore, to the best of our knowledge and after concurring with a number of hobby experts, it is the general consensus that less than 10 are known to exist in private collections. Even the aforementioned Ty Cobb back tobacco card cannot boast such a paucity level since approximately 15/16 of these have been accounted for. Any W600 subject is highly desirable, let alone one representing one of baseball’s greatest players ever. The W600 Sporting Life Cabinet Prototypes were issued from 1902 thru 1911 by the Sporting Life weekly newspaper in 5” x 7-1/2” size. These spectacular premiums were originally issued in transparent/ glassine like envelopes for three 2-cent stamps and a coupon from the illustrious Sporting Life periodical. Eventually, the redemption methodology was revised to simply requesting a particular player for 10 cents apiece or 12 for a dollar. The earliest released cabinets depicted players with Carl Horner’s renowned portrait images in formal attire, with later issued subjects portrayed in their period like uniforms. This incredibly scarce offering was first released to the general public on October 19, 1907 and along with a number of 1907 postcards (A.C. Dietsche, Wolverine News, and H.M. Taylor to name a few), stakes a claim as being Cobb’s 1907 rookie card. True, the Detroit Tiger’s 1906 team composite does include Ty Cobb, but many hobby purists lean towards a rookie card issue carrying ONLY the image of the player, rather than his shared existence on team cards. Regardless of how you perceive the “true” Cobb rookie card, what is an irrefutable fact is that this iconic offering irrefutably qualifies as one of Cobb’s earliest and most valuable issues. The achievements of the immortal Ty Cobb easily place him as one of the finest players in our National Pastime’s glorious history, justified by his eternal place as one of baseball’s five 1936 Hall of Fame charter members. Cobb broke into the Major Leagues with the Detroit Tigers in 1905, playing in a mere 41 games while hitting a paltry .240. Quickly, Cobb bounced back in 1906 to bat an impressive .316, the first of an unfathomable 23 consecutive years in which he exceeding the .300 benchmark standard. Throughout his incomparable 24 seasons, he led the American League a record 12 years in batting average including an incredible 9 consecutive years from 1907 thru 1915! He also happened to exceed the exalted .400 mark three times, with all of the above totaling to an unimaginable .367 lifetime average. After his sterling 1906 season, he stroked 212 hits in 1907, his first full season in which he batted .350. Due to his newly found star status, manufacturers began utilizing his image on various cardboard related products throughout the 1907 season, mainly postcards and this seldom surfacing and ultra-valuable W600 Sporting Life Cabinet. Speculation relating to the sparse existence of only a handful of W600 Cobb’s varies, but the most sensible logic is a twofold philosophy. Consider that the W600’s redemption process had already moved into its 6th calendar year with the public no longer enamored with pursuing additional W600 cabinets. That, combined with the fact that Cobb was not an established baseball superstar (like Wagner, Mathewson, Waddell, Joss, etc.) justifies why a small following would have requested his W600 cabinet. The aesthetics of Ty Cobb’s iconic Carl Horner portrait image are absolutely breathtaking! Cobb’s classic pose is virtually pristine and you can almost feel his unequivocal determination via the stoic facial details. Modest and even corner wear depict a fine eye pleasing uniformity with fine edging and vivid print registration additional obverse side attributes. Contributing to the somewhat harsh technical assessment are a few superficial paper abrasions situation near the upper left frame of Cobb’s image. Yet, as most would agree, these diminutive surface anomalies do not impede upon the brilliant visual appeal radiating from Cobb’s immortal portrait pose. The verso reveals what is believed to be a factory issued “G.T. BROWN” violet stamp evident on a number of W600 cabinets, accounting for the “MK” qualifier, and synonymous with a myriad of hobby purists, we firmly disagree with the “MK” qualifier since this stamp was indeed factory issued. There are also two areas of paper loss on the right side approximately 2-1/2” in length, both of which only impact the utmost superficial layer of the cardboard stock. Regardless, the technical grade of this majestic offering is rendered practically irrelevant due to the combined remarkable obverse side image aesthetics as well as its undisputable paucity level. This is a grand opportunity to capture one of Cobb’s inaugural Major League issues, and what better “Georgia Peach” card to seize than one of his rarest and visually captivating artifacts that irrefutably stands as one of Cobb’s most valuable and highly coveted masterpieces!
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Extremely Rare 1907 W600 Ty Cobb “Rookie Card” (PSA 1-MK)  -  “1 of 4 Examples Listed on the COMBINED PSA & SGC “Pop” Charts”!

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Minimum Bid: $8,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $34,931.26
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Friday, September 26, 2014.
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