Ty Cobb (Brunners) - 1911-14 General Baking Co. (D304)

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


Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX 5
4 VG-EX+ 4.5
4 VG-EX+ 4.5
5 VG-EX 4
5 VG-EX 4
5 VG-EX 4
6 VG 3 (4)

PRICES BY GRADE

1911 D304 GENERAL BAKING CO. TY COBB BRUNNERS

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9
NM - MT 8 $94,000.00 1
NM 7 1
EX - MT 6 $31,070.00 1 1
EX 5 $23,900.00 1 2
VG - EX 4 $15,100.27 3 5
VG 3 $14,400.00 $14,400.00 4 8
GOOD 2 1 13
FR 1.5 $7,211.00 $7,211.00 1 14
PR 1 $6,175.52 $6,175.52 2 15
Auth 1 17

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
09/09/2018 $14,600 2.5 401591325729 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 41383464
10/30/2017 $14,400 3 545 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Fall Auction 16123769
10/08/2017 $7,211 1.5 352174675121 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 27898940
07/31/2017 $6,176 1 372019881318 eBay probstein123 Auction 26885464
05/14/2016 $9,560 3 80241 Heritage Auctions 2016 May 12 - 14 Sports Collectibles Catalog Au... May 14, 2016 Auction 50087574
11/07/2015 $31,070 6 10953 Heritage Auctions 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog ... Nov 7, 2015 Auction 19776878
05/16/2015 $33,460 6 80438 Heritage Auctions 2015 May 14 - 16 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auc... May 16, 2015 Auction 19776878
10/27/2012 $23,900 5 80109 Heritage Auctions 2012 October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles... Oct 27, 2012 Auction 05024915
10/25/2012 $9,954 3 535 Mile High Card Company October 2012 Auction Auction 18568274
05/06/2012 $40,548 6 5 Memory Lane, Inc. HOLY GRAIL AUCTION SPRING 2012 Auction 19776878
06/24/2011 $15,100 4 402 Lelands June 2011 Catalog Auction 18434858
01/01/2010 $94,000 8 14 Robert Edward Auctions 2010 Auction Auction 02063127
01/01/2010 $29,375 5 181 Robert Edward Auctions 2010 Auction Auction 05024915