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Ty Cobb Baseball Cards Remain Strong

No player’s face portrayed the tobacco card era better.  Cy Young had sort of a grandfatherly appearance by 1909.  Christy Mathewson was a college grad, rare for players of the time.  Walter Johnson looked almost tranquil, as if he knew he’d get you out one way or another.  Honus Wagner?  Well, his short tenure in those cigarette packs didn’t say much.  Ty Cobb cards gave us the look.  The portraits and the action shots…Cobb was everywhere on cards in the first part of the 20th century.

The Georgia Peach was born December 18, 1886.

He was in his prime when T206 and T205 were stuck inside the many brands of tobacco cards.  He was in caramel cards, too, so you didn’t have to be a smoker to find his picture.  And who wouldn’t want one of the game’s greatest player.  Cobb was Rickey Henderson, although by many accounts he would have had no interest in playing with him.

Cobb captivates collectors like no other player and his original baseball cards are the keys to virtually every set issued between 1907 and 1925.

One of his most popular cards–the T3 Turkey Red–sold on eBay late last year in an SGC 60 holder for $13,795.  A PSA 6 ‘bat on shoulder’ T206 went for nearly $9,000.  Even a low grade 1915 Cracker Jack sold for over $3,600.

He’s proven to be a good investment over time.  So what Ty Cobb cards are being watched by the most eBay bidders right now?  Take a look:

Ty Cobb 2013 Triple Threads 12X Game Used "GEORGIA PEACH" BATS Card! #9/27 WOW
19 bids - Price: $62.00 - Watchers: 28
Item # 141252454238
Ty Cobb- 1921 W516-2-2- #5
8 bids - Price: $34.00 - Watchers: 27
Item # 231203855709
TY COBB/LAJOIE/COLLINS 2012 National Treasures LG LDRS Triple Materials BGS 9.5
9 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 251504556486
1911 T206 Ty Cobb HOF Red Portrait SGC 70, 5.5 1301006-029 NO RESERVE
6 bids - Price: $102.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 221418537888
1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder Ty Cobb Steals Third - Cobb & Jennings EX
3 bids - Price: $34.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 321381219025
Sporting Life "T-size BROWN BORDER SERIES"- Babe Ruth & Ty Cobb
2 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 231201485424
ACEO Art Sketch Card TY COBB Original 1/1 Drawing BULL-RUN Brewery Tobacco Style
9 bids - Price: $7.21 - Watchers: 7
Item # 331177007199
2012 Panini National Treasures TY COBB Bat Tigers Relic #55/99 HOF RARE!
2 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 261454953425
($1,500) TY COBB Original Vintage 1927 Game Used Bat Barrel #'d 2013 Lumber
3 bids - Price: $21.38 - Watchers: 7
Item # 291126097608
2014 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION TY COBB 1/1 HAND DRAWN & ARTIST SIGNED
2 bids - Price: $38.77 - Watchers: 5
Item # 331178437606

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About Rich Mueller

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