March 2009 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/26/2009
While not as immensely popular as his portrait variations, Ty Cobb's T206 batting variations are statistically far less common to find in any condition than the combined portraits. Offered here is a noticeably shimmering example of the "Bat on Shoulder" pose that has been graded PSA 7 NM despite boasting myriad MINT qualities. By shimmering, I mean that the surface is so uniformly clean that it exudes a buttery soft yet almost powdery appearance, a feature more commonly found on high-grade Cracker Jacks. The centering is also sublime, and while it may not be as pristinely precise as many of our other T206 HOFers in NM or better condition, it is unquestionably within the parameters of MINT. The edges appear MINT, if not GEM, as well, while the corners display at the very pinnacle of the NM grade. Frankly, the primary fault of the corners is not that they're worn (only the bottom right, in fact, shows any rounding whatsoever), but that their very tips display a whisper of soiling. It can be terribly befuddling for a recently educated T206 enthusiast to see an example of this quality and overall cleanliness in a mere NM 7 holder, being so extremely NEAR MINT, so we'll just call it high-end. The ad back designation on the new PSA flip, however, suggests that it has only recently been graded and is therefore perhaps a victim of PSA's seemingly hyper-elevated standards of late, especially for iconic key cards like the offered Cobb. Shop around all your want, but please take our word: you simply won't find a more presentable PSA 7 example of this hobby masterpiece. Not surprisingly, the offered specimen is the single highest graded on record since PSA commenced designating backs, from 51 submissions.
1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb "Bat on Shoulder" PSA 7 NM
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