Ty Cobb (Bat On Shoulder) - 1909-1911 T206 White Border

This is one of two legendary cardboard quartets featured in this book along with the 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth group. The T206 set, arguably the hobby’s ultimate issue, features beautiful stone lithography. The cards, which measure approximately 17/16” by 25/8” in size with some slight size variations, exhibit simply terrific artwork throughout. The four Ty Cobb cards all differ in popularity, scarcity and appearance. The majority of collectors find the portraits the most desirable poses in the set. With Cobb, there are two different portraits to choose from. The Green Portrait is by far the toughest of the elite group, followed by the Bat on Shoulder, Bat off Shoulder and Red Portrait in order of scarcity. On the Red Portrait, there are wide variations in color, with some showing a deep red while others have an orange background. In addition, keep in mind there are a variety of backs that can be collected with Sweet Caporal and Piedmont being the two most common.

Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb

Born: December 18, 1886 - Narrows, GA
Died: July 17, 1961 - Atlanta, GA
Batted: LH
Threw: RH
Position: OF
Career BA: .366
Managerial Record: 479–444

Teams:
Detroit Tigers AL (1905–1920; player/manager: 1921–1926)
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1927–1928)

Baseball purists still argue over who the greatest player of all time is. The two names usually mentioned are Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. Nicknamed “The Georgia Peach,” Cobb was a .366 lifetime hitter (still an MLB record) with 11 batting titles, and he hit over .400 three times and over .300 20 times. With 4,189 hits, 892 stolen bases, 11,434 at bats, and 54 career steals of home, the argument for Cobb is hard to beat. A very complex man, Cobb was not well liked by his peers. He was surly, sometimes played dirty (legend has it that he sharpened his spikes), and was considered a racist by many. However, Cobb also was extremely generous and philanthropic, helping many people behind the scenes. Above all, he was a truly great player. Besides holding just about every major batting record at one time or another, and being considered the greatest player of all time, Cobb was also an extremely successful businessman. He was one of the early shareholders in Coca-Cola and went on to own three bottling plants and become a company spokesman. He also made very good investments in both real estate and the stock market. Cobb’s net worth of $11 million at the time would be approximately $86 million in today’s dollars. He was elected to the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 1936.

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories 


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Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8 (12)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
04/15/2015 $9,600 7 248 Robert Edward Auctions 2015 Spring Auction 08173231
01/01/2009 $3,525 6 235 Robert Edward Auctions 2009 Auction Auction 02045107
08/11/2006 $3,180 5 164 Memory Lane, Inc. Premier Collectibles Auction II Auction 07002367
01/01/2007 $2,938 5 141 Robert Edward Auctions 2007 Auction Auction 06493913
08/07/2007 $2,932 5 138 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions September 2007 Internet Auction Auction 07027627
10/18/2008 $3,346 5 19026 Heritage Auctions 2008 October Signature Sports Collectibles Aucti... Oct 18, 2008 Auction 50036870
03/26/2009 $1,980 5 151 Mile High Card Company March 2009 Auction Auction 04007965
04/23/2010 $3,346 5 81036 Heritage Auctions 2010 April Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction Apr 23, 2010 Auction 50036870
03/12/2017 $5,600 5 142299090484 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 04155826
11/06/2006 $1,931 4 99 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2006 Internet Auction Auction 09111042
08/07/2007 $1,504 4 137 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions September 2007 Internet Auction Auction 30920572
01/01/2008 $1,645 4 252 Robert Edward Auctions 2008 Auction Auction 30920572
05/14/2014 $2,082 4 375 SCP Auctions Spring Premier Auction 2014 Auction 40349744
11/19/2016 $2,151 4 53422 Heritage Auctions 2016 November 17 - 19 Sports Collectibles Catalo... Nov 19, 2016 Auction 11138500
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07/31/2005 $717 3 12005 Heritage Auctions Amazing Sports Auction Jul 31, 2005 Auction 30914670
07/26/2009 $1,315 3 44007 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction Jul 26, 2009 Auction 01628309
05/01/2011 $896 3 43001 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction May 1, 2011 Auction 30914670
01/29/2017 $1,680 3 56 Goldin Auctions Winter Auction 2017 Ending January 29 Auction 12398861
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10/30/2017 $2,400 3 347 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Fall Auction 01105986
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05/28/2006 $735 2 12022 Heritage Auctions Amazing Sports Auction May 28, 2006 Auction 31560253
11/01/2009 $1,315 2 41004 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction Nov 1, 2009 Auction 02415913
02/12/2011 $576 2 (MK) 442 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXI Auction 12204332
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11/18/2017 $660 1 82836 Heritage Auctions Heritage November 16-18, 2017 Auction 12125831
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