M131 Ty Cobb 1911 Baltimore News Newsboy Series SGC 20

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2015-06-26 10:38:04

The M131 Ty Cobb 1911 Baltimore News Newsboy Series SGC 20 is arguably the rarest baseball trading card in existence.

There are believed to be fewer than five known specimens.

Description

The colour card comes from the Baltimore News Newsboy Series collection of 1911, which was formed of 30 different players.

This specimen, on a light blue background, has been graded 20 Fair by SGC. This explains its comparatively low price compared with less rare but better-quality trading cards.

History of the card

The card was one of 17 contained in a Baltimore family’s collection. The card was passed through generations of the family, although details regarding the original collector are vague.

“It’s unclear whether he was a paperboy, or worked on a newsstand, but the grandfather actually worked for the Baltimore News,” Martin Mattee, the man responsible for selling the cards on behalf of the family, told Sports Collectors Digest.

The player

The man known as Georgia Peach played for the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics between 1905 and 1928. He still retains a number of major league records, including the highest career batting average.

Notable sale

The card was sold on eBay in June 2008 for $25,100.

“Cards like this that show up so infrequently, even in this era, it’s hard to guide them on what they might be worth,” Mattee had told Sports Collectors Digest prior to the sale.

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