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Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red)

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: .367
Managerial Record: 479–444

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

Probably the most gifted athlete of the early twentieth century, Ty Cobb was an incredible hitter, the best base stealer of his era, and superb defensively. He was the dominant player in the American League during the Deadball Era, but his aggressive, competitive style of play led to controversy throughout his career.

The superstar of his day, Cobb was not well-liked by players, even those on his team. His reckless base running intimidated the competition, giving him the edge, but it certainly didn’t earn many friendships. Ty Cobb became the highest paid player in baseball during the second half of his playing career. As a businessman he was a genius, amassing a fortune with investments in companies such as Coca Cola and General Motors, but as a player he continued to be surrounded by controversy. Cobb became player-manager of the Tigers in 1921, continuing on in that role for six seasons. Although not pennant contenders, the team did fairly well under his leadership. He retired in 1926 due to allegations of a game fix in 1919...allegations made by a player who had a grudge against Cobb. After he was cleared of any wrong doing, Connie Mack recruited him for the A’s where he finished out his career.

Considered mean spirited and racist, Cobb was actually quietly philanthropic later in life, helping out many indigent ballplayers. Whatever the assessment is of Cobb, it is our consensus that, as a player, he belongs at the top of our list as the Best of the Best. “The Georgia Peach” won an incredible 11 batting titles, batted under .320 only once in his career, and still holds the record for highest career batting average. With 4,191 hits, along with 892 stolen bases, Cobb stands near or at the top of the all-time list. One of the first to be elected to the Hall of Fame, he is the overwhelming choice for our Cracker Jack All-Star Team. 

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html

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Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT+ 8.5
1 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT 8 (19)

Prices By Grade

1909-11 T206 UNKNOWN BACK TY COBB PORTRAIT-RED

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price PSA Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9
NM - MT 8 $26,662.50 $220,000.00 7
NM 7 $30,100.00 $37,500.00 25 9
EX - MT 6 $24,600.00 $20,000.00 44 36
EX 5 $14,600.00 $14,760.00 $14,500.00 102 81
VG - EX 4 $8,700.00 $8,700.00 $8,500.00 133 185
VG 3 $8,097.60 $8,097.60 $4,750.00 151 320
GOOD 2 $3,950.00 $3,950.00 $2,400.00 105 482
FR 1.5 589
PR 1 $4,447.68 $1,200.00 89 589
Auth 14 683

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