Ty Cobb Collectibles and Memorabilia
Ty Cobb Memorabilia is sports memorabilia relating to the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics baseball player Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb (1886-1961).
Life and Career
Ty Cobb was an American Major League Baseball outfielder. He was nicknamed The Georgia Peach, being from Narrows, Georgia, and is regarded by many as the one of the greatest baseball players in history. He set numerous records for Major League Baseball, some of which he still holds as of 2012.
He played 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, including six as the player-manager, then moved to the Philadelphia Athletics. His career was fraught with controversy and a certain degree of discord, and this ferocity fed into Cobb’s playing style, with successful, if somewhat antagonistic, results.
Collecting Ty Cobb Memorabilia
Collectors covet Ty Cobb memorabilia, especially his trading cards, which are among the most sought-after baseball cards. Because Cobb endorsed Coca Cola, this is a good source of collectible items, particularly for the collector of both vintage Coca Cola and Baseball Memorabilia. In addition, his autograph is extremely hard to come by, particularly on balls or photographs, and particularly on its own and not alongside another player’s signature, rendering it extremely valuable.
See main article Main article: Ty Cobb Autographs
The main interest in Ty Cobb card collectors are the first Ty Cobb baseball cards, published by American Tobacco as part of the 1909-1911 T206 white border series (which includes the Honus Wagner card). There were five cards featuring Cobb, though only four are considered by most as part of the set. The quartet are often collected together in isolation. Two are portraits. The fifth T206 card is extremely hard to come across, and instead of being backed with a tobacco brand, reads: ‘Ty Cobb’, King of the Smoking Tobacco World’.
Other cards that are desirable to collectors are a T205 gold border card, and the particularly rare and little-known 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets card, with a sunset behind Cobb. The latter is so rare because it was acquired by redemption, after collecting and sending in several cards to achieve it. Another card worth mentioning is the 1914-15 Cracker Jack card, which are often in bad condition due to being sold with sticky caramel.
Notable Memorabilia Sales
- December 2004: 1920s Ty Cobb Game Used Bat, sold for $103,500, Sothebys
- June 2005: 1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb Trading Card, sold for $22,800, Sothebys
- December 2005: Ty Cobb Single Signed Baseball PSA Graded Mint 9 with Related Handwritten Postcard, sold for $39,000, Sothebys
- August 2011: 1911 Brunner Butter Krust Ty Cobb Trading Card, sold for $28,000, Heritage Auctions
- November 2011: 1922 Ty Cobb Game Worn Detroit Tigers Uniform, sold for $300,000, Heritage Auctions
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