Lot # 119: 1907 PC765 A. C. Dietsche Detroit Tigers Postcard Ty Cobb Batting (Rookie)

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Graded VG 3 by PSA. Extremely attractive mid-grade example of Ty Cobb's true rookie card, from the highly regarded A. C. Dietsche Detroit Tigers postcard set, issued in 1907. This issue was produced by the Dietsche Postcard Company of Detroit to commemorate the Tigers' participation in the 1907 World Series. Of special note, this card is considered by many collectors to be Ty Cobb's true rookie card. A number of other issues can also lay claim to that important distinction. While we realize that the definition of what is a player's rookie card can sometimes be very controversial and can vary from collector to collector, this card gets our vote! It is part of a postcard set that was issued in 1907. That sure sounds like a rookie card to us. The fact that the Dietsche postcard set features a short biography of the player on the back makes this postcard even more "card-like" than many more traditional issues. The card features a crisp black-and-white image of Cobb batting. The card displays four strong corners and virtually no edge wear. The reverse is perfectly clean and unmarked. The card has been downgraded due to surface wear in the two upper corners, most likely from its method of storage. The Dietsche Detroit Tigers postcard of Ty Cobb represents an outstanding overlooked value compared to most other early Cobb cards, including those issued a couple of years later which are widely recognized by many collectors as Cobb's rookie cards. This is an outstanding example of what we think reasonably qualifies as Cobb's true rookie card. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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