Lot # 165: 1909 E102 Anonymous "Set of 25" Ty Cobb

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Graded GOOD+ 2.5 by PSA (submitted by REA). Very attractive example of the rare E102 "Set of 25" candy card featuring the legendary Ty Cobb leaning on his bat. This card is part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby collection consigned to this auction by the family of a Midwestern collector who built his impressive collection over a period of many decades, beginning as a young boy in the 1930s. While Ty Cobb was included in virtually every candy-card issue from the 1910 era, this yellow-background pose of Cobb is considered by many to be the most attractive of the few Cobb caramel-card designs. The manufacturer of E102 is unknown. The fronts are identical in design to the E101 "Set of 50" related issue. Of special note, this card is considered by some collectors to be Ty Cobb's rookie card, though a number of other issues can also lay claim to that important distinction. It is, without question, one of Cobb's earliest cards, and is very likely "tied" for the earliest insert card ever issued of "The Georgia Peach." The card is bright and crisp, with bold colors, flawless registration, lightly rounded corners, and centering just slightly toward the top right. Clean, boldly printed checklist reverse. In 1909, Cobb led the league in every major batting category, including batting average, hits, runs scored, total bases, home runs, and RBI. Despite its modest technical grade, this is a very attractive yet relatively affordable example of one of Cobb's most striking and highly regarded cards dating from the very beginning of his career as one of baseball's greatest stars. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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