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1909 E101 Anonymous "Set of 50" Ty Cobb
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,231
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This extremely rare E101 "Set of 50" candy card features the legendary Ty Cobb leaning on his bat. While Ty Cobb was included in virtually every candy-card issue from the 1910 era, this yellow-background pose of Cobb is considered by many to be the most attractive of the few Cobb caramel-card designs. The manufacturer of E101 is unknown. The fronts are identical in design to the E102 "Set of 25" related issues. Of special note, this card is considered by some collectors to be Ty Cobb's rookie card, though a number of other issues can also lay claim to that important distinction. It is, without question, one of Cobb's earliest cards, and is very likely "tied" for the earliest insert card ever issued of "The Georgia Peach." Bright and crisp, with bold colors, flawless registration, light wear on the upper right corner (the other three are square), and centered approximately 80/20 left to right. The back simply reads: "This card is one of a set of 50 Base Ball Players - Prominent Members of National and American Leagues." Upon close inspection the reverse has a few extremely insignificant surface abrasions (near the top above the text, so minor that this will probably not show up in a photo or even a scan). In 1909, Cobb led the league in every major batting category including batting average, hits, runs scored, total bases, home runs, and RBIs. This is a very attractive example of one of Cobb's most striking cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $3,231
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