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Unquestionably the key to what many believe to be the most beautiful of the cabinet card issues, the T3 Turkey Red Ty Cobb certainly qualifies as "iconic" among prewar collectors, the image of Cobb glaring at the viewer, choked up on the bat, belt buckle pulled to the side, is recognizable by virtually everyone in our hobby.  This example is a stunner, graded VG 3 by SGC due to surface creasing at the bottom-left corner and some light wear along the bottom edge; as with actual cabinet photos, the "mount" has protected the image from most blemishes and damage.  The checklist-backed reverse is similarly strong, the corner creasing more visible on the reverse.  

What is most important about this card, of course, is the lack of a redemption offer on the reverse.  Turkey Red cabinet cards are generally found either with a large Turkey Red Cigarettes ad on the reverse, or a checklist with a redemption offer at the bottom of the card.  Cards without such offers are far more scarce than either of the other back variations.  As an indicator of scarcity, just two examples have been graded by SGC and notated as not having the offer, with more than 100 examples graded, and while we do believe that the variation may have not been notated on every example in their pop report, the small number that have been notated provides a strong indicator of scarcity.

As with other cards from the issue, the T3 Cobb is often found in lower grade, as many young collectors displayed the oversized cabinets by tacking them to their walls or mounting them in albums; pinholes and back damage are common.  Of more than 100 Cobbs graded by SGC, just 27 have graded higher than this.  PSA's percentages are similar; of 125 graded with the checklist reverse, just 36 have graded above VG.  Beyond the technical assessment, however, one must consider the quality of the image itself, which, in this case, is extremely strong.  An outstanding card, one of the hobby's true "blue chips."

1910-11 T3 Turkey Red #9 Ty Cobb (HOF) - No Offer Reverse - SGC VG 31910-11 T3 Turkey Red #9 Ty Cobb (HOF) - No Offer Reverse - SGC VG 3
1910-11 T3 Turkey Red #9 Ty Cobb (HOF) - No Offer Reverse - SGC VG 3
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Minimum Bid: $1,500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $11,070
Number Bids: 26
Auction closed on Sunday, November 29, 2020.
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