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1916 Tango Brand Eggs Ty Cobb - Only Known Example!

  • Sold For: $15,600
  • Year: 1916
  • Auction: 2017 spring
  • Lot #: 947
  • Auction Category: Teens to 1920s cards

Presented is the ONLY known example of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the 1916 Tango Brand Eggs series! To the best of our knowledge, this is the only Tango Eggs card of Ty Cobb known to exist. This card was offered at public auction for the first time back in April 2011 and realized $17,641. It has been consigned directly by the purchaser from that auction. At that time, the card originated from a newly-discovered collection in Louisiana along with other 1910-era tobacco and Cracker Jack cards. The existence of the Tango Eggs Ty Cobb card was always subject to great debate. In 1993, a family made a significant find of Tango Eggs cards (which accounts for almost all of the known Tango Eggs circulating in the hobby today) and sold them to a major dealer. Two years later, the family decided to sell the remainder of their cards and issued a letter which listed the approximate quantities of each card in the find. At the bottom of list, marked as "unique - only one card," was Cobb. Some collectors doubted the family's recollection since no Cobb had surfaced at the time or in the two years since. For more than fifteen years, rumors of Cobb persisted but no one could confirm until this card surfaced. The discovery of this card strongly supported a theory that the set originally included more cards than what was currently known (even if no examples have survived). Perhaps there were really forty-eight cards in the Tango Eggs set, exactly as there are in the E106 American Caramel set? We will probably never know, but it is a reasonable theory. Tango Brand Eggs cards are very similar in design to the 1915 E106 American Caramel set, but with different captions that do not reference Federal League teams since they were issued in 1916. The fronts have a glossy coating similar to E106 and T214 Kotton Tobacco cards. The backs feature advertising for L. Frank & Company's Tango Brand Eggs. This is a fascinating card. It is very likely unique. Despite its extremely modest condition, (What can we say? It's a little rough!), it is the ONLY known example of key Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the 1916 Tango Brand Eggs set, one of prewar card collecting's most legendary sets. Encapsulated POOR 10 by SGC. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

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