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Circa 1914 Stall & Dean Championship Cup Featuring Ty Cobb in famous T3 Turkey Red Pose
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,259
Extremely rare trophy cup, issued by Stall & Dean, featuring a full-length image of Ty Cobb in a batting stance on the front. This is the premier baseball trophy of the era. While there are many different styles of trophies dating from 1910 to 1920, this is the only trophy produced during the era that features an actual likeness of a player, in this case Ty Cobb at bat in the same pose as on his famous T3 Turkey Red card (as well as the related S81 and L1 tobacco-premium issues), making this rarity a special prize both as a trophy and as a Ty Cobb display piece. "Stall & Dean" and "Championship Cup" are lettered, respectively, above and below Cobb's image. Advertising for these Ty Cobb trophy cups appeared in Stall & Dean's 1914 catalog. According to the catalog, this special cup was available exclusively from the company, free of charge, to any league that adopted its official ball or uniforms: "Following our custom as in the past, of donating a handsome sterling silver trophy cup to the winning club of a league adopting our official Baseball or Uniforms, we have had one of the leading silversmiths of this country, Reed & Barton, design for us a cup of unique design, with a French Bronze finish and Gold lined." It is not known how many leagues took advantage of that offer, or for how long this special custom-designed promotional trophy cup was offered by the company. Given its great rarity, it would not be surprising to learn that the Ty Cobb trophy cup was only produced during that one year. The offered example is one of several that we seen over the past thirty-five years. It is only the third Stall & Dean Ty Cobb trophy cup we have ever actually handled. The first resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection and was sold with the majority of his memorabilia in 1999. The second was featured as Lot 903 in our April 2007 auction, where it realized a final sales price of $3,525. The offered example is in slightly lesser grade but still extremely attractive and ideal for display. The trophy cup (8 inches in height) exhibits light wear throughout, including a few light scratches and minor "dings," commensurate with its age and former handling. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259
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