Ty Cobb - 1911 Gold Border (T205)

This is the centerpiece to one of the most difficult sets ever manufactured. The T205 set is one of the more eye-appealing issues of the pre-war era, but the set offers a challenge even the most advanced collectors have often failed to take. The gold borders framing these gorgeous cards are extremely susceptible to chipping, revealing wear with the slightest touch. For those who seek high-grade material, the opportunities are few and far between. The cards can vary slightly in size but most examples measure somewhere in the 17/16 by 25/8 size range. In 1911, Ty Cobb had one of his best seasons. He set career highs in batting (.420), hits (248), doubles (47), triples (24), RBI (127), runs (147) and slugging average (.621). Cobb led the league in each of those categories as well as in stolen bases with 83. This is a fitting tribute ... an extremely tough card for an extremely tough competitor.

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
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7

PRICES BY GRADE

1911 T205 GOLD BORDER TY COBB

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth $1,825.00 $1,825.00 30 602
PR 1 $990.00 $973.88 $500.00 111 486
FR 1.5 $960.00 $960.00 13 471
GOOD 2 $2,350.00 $1,447.93 $900.00 135 331
VG 3 $2,126.00 $2,126.00 $1,500.00 107 200
VG - EX 4 $3,240.00 $3,240.00 $2,900.00 82 99
EX 5 $6,750.00 $6,025.43 $5,000.00 56 37
EX - MT 6 $6,300.00 $6,300.00 $7,500.00 22 10
NM 7 $14,220.00 $12,633.90 $16,500.00 7 3
NM - MT 8 $125,000.00 3
MINT 9
GEM - MT 10

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

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