1910 PUNCH CIGARROS TY COBB (WITHOUT BACKING) SGC A (AUTHENTIC).
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 1:10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Auction #202 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1553 in auction 202
1.25x1-7/8" Cuban card from the fabled Punch Cigars series which is among the most popular and sought after of all Cuban series based on its age, rarity and line-up. Issued contemporary with a visit by the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's for an exhibition series of games in Cuba between Nov. 10 and Dec. 5, 1910. Unlike the previous year, this time Ty Cobb made the trip with other Tigers legends and the rest, as they say, is history. Glossy portrait photo with text at bottom "Detroit Tigers Cobb R.F." Image remains distinct. Cards in this set were originally issued with the photo pasted onto a cardboard backing. Only a very small percentage of cards from this set exist with the backing and all graded punch cards w/o backing are classified as "A" authentic. No examples of this Cobb card with backing are known to exist, and in fact, this is one of only two known examples at all of the Cobb card. The scarcity of this set in part is based on an album that was available only by turning in a full set of cards. While the 1910 Punch card set is loaded with stars, both American and Cuban, the Cobb card is as desirable as any and a must have for any Cobb completist. Cobb's place in the baseball card collecting hobby is well established with record prices and top rarities and this card is a major part of that legacy. From the Richard Merkin Collection and comes with Hake's COA.
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