Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
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Lot #21: 1909-11 Lenox T206 Ty Cobb Portrait, Red Background SGC 4 VG-EX


Elite T206 collectors are actively seeking T206 subjects with rare advertisement backs. With 16 different cigarette brands to choose from as well as a myriad of diverse “Series” counts and “Factory” distributions, it is a seemingly infinite quest to gather every possibly variation. For that reason, many enthusiasts may consolidate their search to advertisement variations for prominent Hall of Famers. None could possibly be more majestic than the T206 Ty Cobb “red background” card with Carl Horner’s classic portrait image of the legendary “Georgia Peach” affixed to this cardboard masterpiece. With that in mind, we are proud to present this Cobb portrait “red background” in an SGC 50/4 holder which includes the ultra scarce “Lenox” cigarette advertisement on the reverse side! How obscure is this offering? Consider the following population report data: • This is the SOLE “Red Portrait” Cobb with a “Lenox” back graded by SGC. Only one other T206 Lenox Cobb has been encapsulated by SGC and it is his “bat off shoulder” version in an SGC 30/2 holder. Therefore, this offering is the highest graded T206 Lenox Cobb for any of the 4 Cobb subjects! • PSA’s population report indicates that only 2 red portrait Cobb’s have been encapsulated, an “Authentic” and a “2”. Therefore, this offering is the highest graded Ty Cobb red portrait with Lenox advertisement on the planet! We can’t over emphasize the significance of this rarity. Advanced enthusiasts take notice when a common T206 player includes the highly sought after Lenox cigarette brand back, let alone an issue of one of baseball’s five original Hall of Famers, and arguably, the greatest “5 tool” player in baseball history. Cobb’s piercing Horner portrait photo just may well be the most distinguished cardboard image associated with our illustrious hobby, and this particular pose doesn’t disappoint with vibrant facial colored hues that provide an almost “3-D” effect. The “fire engine” red background is absolutely flawless and framed by four clean white, well centered borders. Four relatively square corners and fine edging complete a masterful front side that certainly provides “EX” quality eye appeal. The critical reverse side “Lenox” advertisement, including a clear “Factory #30, 2nd Dist. State, N.Y”., typography, is portrayed in jet black print that is vividly registered and set against a diminutively toned background. Like us, you are most likely pondering why this example fell short of an “EX” technical grade? Its overall aesthetics certainly support that notion, but regardless, one grade higher does not make a difference with a scarce “Lenox back” Cobb that already is the highest recorded one in the universe. This is an opportunity that comes along “once in a lifetime” and if you are assembling a high end T206 collection with rare back versions, this may well be your last chance to seize this Cooperstown worthy gem!
Final Bid (Includes Buyers Premium):$27,388.08
Minimum Bid:$1,000
Number of Bids:32