Ty Cobb - 1915 Cracker Jack

This is one of the true classics in our hobby and one of Ty Cobb's best looking cards. The striking image of Cobb, glaring fiercely at the viewer, is laid against a deep red backdrop. In terms of pure eye-appeal, this card ranks high on the list. The Cracker Jack issue is one of the hobby's all-time favorites, with the 1914 set being significantly tougher than the 1915 issue because of the absence of a redemption program that year. In the case of Cobb, as with the vast majority of cards in the set, the cards are almost identical each year. The two key differences are the 1915 cards have a reverse that is turned upside down and the 1914 cards were printed on a thinner paper stock. This key card, arguably, captures Cobb's intensity better than any other issue.

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 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (10)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
11/10/2010 $17,126 9 (OC) 783 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2010 Internet Auction Auction 02001400
06/29/2017 $432,000 9 80092 Heritage Auctions 2017 June 29 Premium Sportscard Catalog Auction - Dallas Ended Jun 29th Auction 04134636
08/15/2010 $39,792 8.5 24 Memory Lane, Inc. Sizzling Summer 2010 Treasures Auction Auction 16517259
01/10/2010 $25,716 8 118 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions January 2010 Internet Auction Auction 01004524
11/10/2010 $18,840 8 1426 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2010 Internet Auction Auction 01004524
08/24/2014 $25,669 8 19 Memory Lane, Inc. 2014 Summer Rarities Auction Auction 02043264
11/07/2015 $52,580 8 10934 Heritage Auctions 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog ... Nov 7, 2015 Auction 09071826
08/20/2016 $52,800 8 3 Memory Lane, Inc. 2016 Winder Rarities Auction Auction 05040438
01/01/2008 $15,275 7 465 Robert Edward Auctions 2008 Auction Auction 50071537
05/04/2013 $10,755 6 80289 Heritage Auctions 2013 May 2 - 4 Vintage Sports Collectible Signat... May 4, 2013 Auction 18663096
01/01/2005 $5,800 5 247 Robert Edward Auctions 2005 Auction Auction 11730398
05/06/2006 $4,183 4 19545 Heritage Auctions 2006 May (HSC) Signature Auction May 6, 2006 Auction 31465176
05/12/2012 $4,147 4 884 SCP Auctions MAY 2012 PREMIER INTERNET AUCTION Auction 90331480
09/10/2017 $13,200 4 142493418426 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 27620857
12/03/2016 $10,800 3 615 Love of the Game Auctions Fall, 2016 Premier Auction - Closes November 19 Auction 26351351
12/10/2017 $10,300 3 142608308211 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 26351351
01/01/2010 $3,525 2 452 Robert Edward Auctions 2010 Auction Auction 12181410
05/14/2016 $3,824 2 80335 Heritage Auctions 2016 May 12 - 14 Sports Collectibles Catalog Au... May 14, 2016 Auction 50087720
11/05/2017 $5,509 2 478 SCP Auctions Fall Premier Auction 2017 Auction 27620425
04/13/2013 $3,876 1.5 390 SCP Auctions Spring Premier Auction 2013 Auction 20937986
07/03/2018 $5,577 1.5 352390365292 eBay markirodenko Auction 26680881
10/11/2016 $2,513 1 401198816623 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 31532903
04/08/2008 $10,200 Auth 85 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions April 2008 Live Auction Auction 31686843
01/29/2017 $5,400 Auth 71 Goldin Auctions Winter Auction 2017 Ending January 29 Auction 22405890
08/11/2018 $4,554 Auth 161 Memory Lane, Inc. Summer Spectacular 2018 Auction Auction 27572248