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Lot # 239 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb PSA EX-MT 6

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $6,960.00

Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Ty Cobb card from the T205 Gold Border set, one of the most popular of all 1910-era tobacco issues, in exceptionally high-grade for this issue. This is a stunning high grade example of one of card collecting's most classic cards, from what is perhaps card collecting's single most condition-sensitive issue. The card displays only the slightest hint of white at the extreme tips of the corners, and the most minute hint of chipping to the gold at the lower portion of the extreme edge of the left border; otherwise the easily-chipped gold borders are without any white whatsoever showing. This card has bold, striking colors, perfect registration, and has virtually perfect centering (which is a big plus as centering is very important and is often a problem with this card). The slight hint of wear on the corners and minor toning on the reverse, primarily in the center, keep this beauty from a higher grade. Scarce advertising for American Beauty Cigarettes on reverse. This is a strong card in all respects which displays even better than suggested by its technically accurate grade of Excellent to Mint. Remember, there is only one Cobb in the T205 set as opposed to four in the T206 set, and a grade of Ex-Mt in T205 is statistically far more significant in the extremely condition-sensitive T205 set than in T206, even without reference to the fact that T205s are much rarer than T206s. Prices of all high-grade T205s are just beginning to reflect the condition-sensitivity of the set, with the market now literally valuing T205s on a different scale than tobacco cards from other sets. As of this writing, there are only twenty-eight T205 Cobbs which have been graded Ex-Mt or better by PSA (three PSA 8, seven PSA 7, and eighteen PSA 6). At the same time, there are 269 T206 White Border Cobbs grading Ex-Mt or better by PSA (two 9s, fifty-three 8s, 101 NM 7s, and 114 EX-MT 6s). Numbers don't lie. SMR is $5,250. In our opinion this is an undervalued card, and an exceptionally attractive high-grade example of Ty Cobb, the key card in the T205 Gold Border set. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $6,960.00


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