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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:

1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder A DESPERATE SLIDE FOR THIRD Ty Cobb PSA 4 VG-EX !
27 bids - Price: $425.00 - Watchers: 33
Item # 121321383886
Ty Cobb Bat On Shoulder T206 1909 Sweet Caporal 150 Fact 30 HOF
11 bids - Price: $430.25 - Watchers: 28
Item # 121321877060
1909 E90-1 American Caramel Ty Cobb Original No Reserve
5 bids - Price: $455.01 - Watchers: 27
Item # 141259288488
T206 TY Cobb, Portrait -Red, PSA 1, Polar Bear Back- CHECK IT OUT!
18 bids - Price: $394.00 - Watchers: 26
Item # 191143840090
Ty Cobb Portrait Red Background T206 1910 Sweet Caporal 350 Fact 30 HOF
9 bids - Price: $314.00 - Watchers: 25
Item # 111329351292
1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder Ty Cobb Steals Third - Cobb & Jennings EX
13 bids - Price: $760.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 321381219025
BABE RUTH / Ty Cobb RARE 2013 TOPPS FIVE STAR DUAL Legends BAT Relic 07/10
14 bids - Price: $78.00 - Watchers: 21
Item # 231211257995
Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder T206 1909-11 Sweet Caporal HOF
8 bids - Price: $431.96 - Watchers: 18
Item # 121321876934
1910 E93 Standard Caramel #8 TY COBB very good condition PRO graded
2 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 321385318610
1911 T205 Ty Cobb PSA 1 polar bear back
12 bids - Price: $298.68 - Watchers: 18
Item # 310938999855

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