Ty Cobb (Checklist Back) - 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets

This card is, quite simply, the most majestic entry on the entire list. At 5¾ by 8 in size, this amazing card is not only the biggest one on the list, it is also visually stunning. These enormous cards were actually distributed through a redemption program. Collectors could send in coupons in exchange for these cardboard titans. It took 10 Turkey Red Cigarette coupons or 25 Old Mill or Fez Cigarette coupons to claim one card. The set included many great ballplayers from the era such as Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and Cy Young, but no card in the set is as desirable as the one featuring the most intense player in the game Ty Cobb. The image, which is strikingly similar to the T206 Bat on Shoulder Cobb, is extremely vibrant. Cobb is shown glaring at the camera with bat in hand, a look that put fear into many pitchers during the early part of the 20th Century. The backs of these giants come two different ways, one with a tobacco advertisement and one with a checklist. Currently, there appears to be no difference in value between the two back variations.

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
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX+ 5.5
3 EX+ 5.5
4 EX 5 (13)

PRICES BY GRADE

1911 TURKEY RED CABINETS T3 & T9 9 TY COBB CHECKLIST BACK

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth $1,260.00 $1,260.00 24 101
PR 1 $1,670.00 $2,000.00 22 78
FR 1.5 5 73
GOOD 2 $3,079.65 $3,079.65 $3,500.00 8 63
VG 3 $5,400.00 $5,400.00 $5,500.00 14 42
VG - EX 4 $9,500.00 $10,452.00 $9,500.00 10 26
EX 5 $18,613.80 $19,573.50 $18,500.00 13 9
EX - MT 6 $25,273.22 $27,500.00 5 2
NM 7 $55,000.00 2
NM - MT 8 $220,000.00 2
MINT 9
GEM - MT 10

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
03/11/2020 $9,500 4 143545007657 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 90323450
11/12/2019 $11,404 4 64 SCP Auctions Fall Premier Auction 2015 Auction 24645223
08/01/2019 $5,400 3 538 Robert Edward Auctions 2019 Summer Auction 43464829
12/07/2018 $3,080 2 20 Mile High Card Company December 2018 Auction Auction 20018631
10/30/2018 $6,000 3 406 Robert Edward Auctions 2018 Fall Auction 15202162
02/25/2018 $10,800 4 80136 Heritage Auctions 2018 February 24 - 25 Platinum Night Sports Auction 31493774
12/08/2017 $18,614 5 7 Mile High Card Company December 2017 Auction 27338170
11/18/2017 $20,533 5 80266 Heritage Auctions Heritage November 16-18, 2017 Auction 27773231
09/30/2017 $1,260 Auth 112548840398 eBay rman444 Buy It Now 04609425
05/22/2017 $39,000 4.5 801 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Spring Auction 19413171
04/01/2017 $5,206 2.5 13 Goldin Auctions 2017 Great American Trading Card Auction Ending April 1 Auction 16882998
01/17/2017 $10,028 4 27 Memory Lane, Inc. 2016 Winter Rarities Auction Auction 04731714
12/06/2015 $11,404 4 64 SCP Auctions Fall Premier Auction 2015 Auction 24645223
08/13/2015 $5,258 3 79377 Heritage Auctions 2015 August 13 The Leon Luckey Type Card Collect... Aug 13, 2015 Auction 11921711
06/15/2015 $2,520 2 (MK) 190 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LX Auction 22001464
03/14/2014 $7,800 4 46 Greg Bussineau Auctions Spring 2014 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction Auction 90323450
02/01/2013 $25,273 6 3 Mile High Card Company January 2013 Auction Auction 31385761
01/01/2013 $11,850 4.5 163 Robert Edward Auctions 2013 Auction Auction 20947319
12/16/2012 $11,879 5 33 Memory Lane, Inc. The Find Winter 2012 Auction 31539504
12/07/2012 $7,080 4 110 Greg Bussineau Auctions Fall 2012 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction Auction 20316262
08/18/2012 $1,670 1 180 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Rarities Auction 19848862
05/06/2012 $6,098 4 161 Memory Lane, Inc. HOLY GRAIL AUCTION SPRING 2012 Auction 06591090
01/01/2012 $2,133 1 239 Robert Edward Auctions 2012 Auction Auction 12158162
02/12/2011 $3,327 1 443 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXI Auction 12158162
01/01/2011 $8,813 4 446 Robert Edward Auctions 2011 Auction Auction 31493774
01/01/2011 $5,581 3.5 450 Robert Edward Auctions 2011 Auction Auction 14321656
11/05/2010 $3,107 3 80123 Heritage Auctions 2010 November Dallas Signature Sports Collectibl... Nov 5, 2010 Auction 17253107
10/02/2009 $15,535 5 81007 Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature Sports Memorabilia Auctio... Oct 2, 2009 Auction 15379713
07/09/2009 $3,935 1 325 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXII Auction 31889526
09/14/2008 $19,055 5 9 Memory Lane, Inc. Hot Summer Classic Rarities Auction 15379713
02/14/2008 $4,067 2 142 Mile High Card Company Winter 2008 Auction Auction 08228989
01/01/2007 $5,288 4 (MK) 246 Robert Edward Auctions 2007 Auction Auction 12280144
11/06/2006 $1,715 1 55 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2006 Internet Auction Auction 31426149