PLAYER: Ty Cobb (HOF)
VARIATION: Portrait – Red
TEAM: Detroit Tigers
BACK: Polar Bear (30/39)
GRADE: SGC A (818) 5502-003
A quality example of Baseball Legend Ty Cobb featuring the Polar Bear advertising reverse (Ranked 30 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
This particular example originates from an original owner find of 34 T206 and 1911 T205 Gold Border cards comprised in a scrap book, all of which were Polar Bear backs. The examples in the find were all carefully trimmed. This example has been carefully removed from the scrap book resulting in a light residue on the reverse, but no accompanying paper loss.
“THE GEORGIA PEACH”
Tyrus Raymond Cobb
Born: December 18, 1886 – Narrows, GA
Died: July 17, 1961 – Atlanta, GA
Career BA: .366
Managerial Record: 479–444
Detroit Tigers AL (1905–1920; player/manager: 1921–1926)
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1927–1928)
Baseball purists still argue over who the greatest player of all time is. The two names usually mentioned are Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. Nicknamed “The Georgia Peach,” Cobb was a .366 lifetime hitter (still an MLB record) with 11 batting titles, and he hit over .400 three times and over .300 20 times. With 4,189 hits, 892 stolen bases, 11,434 at bats, and 54 career steals of home, the argument for Cobb is hard to beat. A very complex man, Cobb was not well liked by his peers. He was surly, sometimes played dirty (legend has it that he sharpened his spikes), and was considered a racist by many. However, Cobb also was extremely generous and philanthropic, helping many people behind the scenes. Above all, he was a truly great player. Besides holding just about every major batting record at one time or another, and being considered the greatest player of all time, Cobb was also an extremely successful businessman. He was one of the early shareholders in Coca-Cola and went on to own three bottling plants and become a company spokesman. He also made very good investments in both real estate and the stock market. Cobb’s net worth of $11 million at the time would be approximately $86 million in today’s dollars. He was elected to the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 1936.