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: .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+ 8.5
1 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT 8 (19)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
04/29/2005 $14,917 8 5 Memory Lane, Inc. The Buried Treasure II Card & Memorabilia Auction Auction 02033353
05/06/2006 $13,145 8 19541 Heritage Auctions 2006 May (HSC) Signature Auction May 6, 2006 Auction 09023808
10/02/2009 $14,340 8 81002 Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature Sports Memorabilia Auctio... Oct 2, 2009 Auction 02033353
01/01/2011 $18,800 8 253 Robert Edward Auctions 2011 Auction Auction 01641861
01/01/2013 $26,663 8 240 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction Auction 01018561
02/21/2016 $40,630 8 80010 Heritage Auctions 2016 February 20 - 21 Platinum Night Auction Spo... Feb 21, 2016 Auction 09072720
01/08/2008 $3,037 6 94 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions January 2008 Internet Auction Auction 06545411
09/08/2008 $3,285 6 54 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XVIII Auction 06387159
01/01/2012 $3,555 6 166 Robert Edward Auctions 2012 Auction Auction 31641781
05/17/2014 $5,079 6 80155 Heritage Auctions 2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auc... May 17, 2014 Auction 03734202
11/07/2015 $5,975 6 10466 Heritage Auctions 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog ... Nov 7, 2015 Auction 05169604
11/27/2005 $1,554 5 12016 Heritage Auctions Amazing Sports Auction Nov 27, 2005 Auction 11979545
05/06/2006 $2,032 5 19540 Heritage Auctions 2006 May (HSC) Signature Auction May 6, 2006 Auction 31560252
08/11/2006 $2,891 5 162 Memory Lane, Inc. Premier Collectibles Auction II Auction 50012713
10/01/2008 $2,468 5 180 Mile High Card Company August 2008 Auction Auction 12448676
10/18/2008 $2,032 5 19025 Heritage Auctions 2008 October Signature Sports Collectibles Aucti... Oct 18, 2008 Auction 50061704
11/02/2008 $1,793 5 41001 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction Nov 2, 2008 Auction 06139615
03/26/2009 $2,039 5 152 Mile High Card Company March 2009 Auction Auction 50071511
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03/12/2017 $4,966 5 401284749579 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 12407644
08/06/2017 $5,100 5 97 Goldin Auctions Summer Premium Live and Catalog Auction Auction 11979545
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10/11/2019 4.5 2 Mile High Card Company October 2019 Auction Auction 25470307
05/06/2006 $1,334 4 50 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions May 2006 Internet Auction Auction 31442287
09/10/2010 $1,350 4 174 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIX Auction 12204862
11/11/2011 $2,022 4 226 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 19th, 2011 Auction Auction 06090649
05/05/2012 $1,554 4 80104 Heritage Auctions 2012 May 3-5 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signatu... May 5, 2012 Auction 31061868
11/09/2013 $2,032 4 80065 Heritage Auctions 2013 November 7 - 9 Sports Collectible Catalog A... Nov 9, 2013 Auction 02077659
05/14/2014 $1,562 4 377 SCP Auctions Spring Premier Auction 2014 Auction 40473696
11/05/2016 $2,022 4 307 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXVIII Auction 01577188
05/20/2017 $3,675 4 132 Goldin Auctions Spring Premium Live and Catalog Auction Ending May 20(1-70) and June 3 Auction 31061868
07/26/2017 $2,861 4 372017969418 eBay probstein123 Auction 01577188
02/25/2018 $408,000 3.5 80006 Heritage Auctions 2018 February 24 - 25 Platinum Night Sports Auction 25470306
07/31/2005 $568 3 12003 Heritage Auctions Amazing Sports Auction Jul 31, 2005 Auction 12148266
11/08/2008 $759 3 136 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XIX Auction 60060017
05/17/2014 $1,554 3 80152 Heritage Auctions 2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auc... May 17, 2014 Auction 05490400
04/15/2015 $1,440 3 273 Robert Edward Auctions 2015 Spring Auction 90465962
11/19/2016 $1,076 3 50078 Heritage Auctions 2016 November 17 - 19 Sports Collectibles Catalo... Nov 19, 2016 Auction 90426693
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07/31/2005 $448 2 12004 Heritage Auctions Amazing Sports Auction Jul 31, 2005 Auction 12057298
06/28/2009 $508 2 44001 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction Jun 28, 2009 Auction 02534186
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10/02/2009 $77,675 1.5 81085 Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature Sports Memorabilia Auctio... Oct 2, 2009 Auction 14717762
07/20/2013 $117,498 1 3 Goldin Auctions JULY 19TH AUCTION Auction 19343536
04/14/2014 $154,050 1 8 Robert Edward Auctions 2014 Spring Auction 21508054
04/19/2016 $785 1 153 Mile High Card Company May 2016 Auction Auction 31274997
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10/30/2018 $108,000 1 1 Robert Edward Auctions 2018 Fall Auction 29008173
03/02/2019 $148,528 1 190 Goldin Auctions 2019 Winter Auction Closing March 2 Auction 27956863
03/24/2019 $1,200 1 253 Robert Edward Auctions 2019 Spring Auction 30989513
06/02/2019 $1,136 1 153503563586 eBay tier-1baseball Auction 30525755
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