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Circa 1910 Ty Cobb Tobacco Tin

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $10,440.00

Extremely rare example of the Ty Cobb Tobacco tin, one of collecting's most legendary rarities. Universally regarded as the "King of All Tobacco Tins," fewer than ten examples are known to exist. The Ty Cobb Tobacco tin features the T206 yellow background batting pose of Cobb on both sides. This is the only tin with a direct connection to the baseball tobacco card issues of the day. In addition to featuring the same pose as one of Cobb's most classic cards, collectors are very familiar with the related T206 Ty Cobb portrait card with advertising for Ty Cobb Tobacco on the reverse, which is one of the greatest rarities and most valuable cards of the T206 set. There are a comparable number of Ty Cobb cards with Ty Cobb advertising on reverse, and Ty Cobb tins (approximately seven or eight of each). In addition to its great stature as one of baseball collecting's premier rarities, it is also recognized in the non-baseball advertising tobacco tin collecting hobby, a very popular and sophisticated field of collecting in its own right, as one of the most desirable and important rarities of all tobacco tins, baseball or otherwise. Early tins tend to be subject to considerable wear in the form of scratches, rust, and denting. This is a mid-grade example, with one side grading a "5" on a scale of "1 to 10," with minor scratches and dents, and the identical other side grading a "3" overall due to a few more imperfections, including some spotted oxidation. Flaws of this nature are common and to be expected with early tins. In terms of condition, as far as the entire population of known Ty Cobb Tobacco tins is concerned, this tin falls exactly in the middle of the pack. We know of three examples in varying higher grades (all locked away in advanced collections), and three examples in lower grades. This is the "Honus Wagner" of tobacco tins, and is extremely desirable in any condition. Like any display piece, one of the most important qualities is overall display value. Fortunately, both sides of the tin are of an identical design, and the higher grade side displays exceptionally well, making this a particularly desirable example. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $10,440.00


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