A higher grade example of one of the rarest Ty Cobb cards produced during his career will soon be on the auction block.
Heritage Auctions is offering an SGC 4 1910 era Novelty Cutlery (PC805) Ty Cobb postcard in its Summer Sports Card Catalog, set to open next week. It’s one of only six graded by SGC, with two ranking slightly higher. PSA has graded only four in all.
The card is part of a set includes 25 postcards produced by Novelty Cutlery Company of Canton, OH. Distribution was quite limited with only about 200 total surviving examples having crossed into SGC and PSA holders. Certainly, some ungraded examples exist as well.
The card is expected to sell for a minimum of $30,000.
The Novelty Cutlery cards have a unique design with images inside of a decorative “frame” with the player’s last name printed in capital letters at the bottom of the card.
The backs simply have the word “postcard” on one side with a space for a stamp and a blank space for the sender to write a message, as is the case with most postcards.
The VG-EX grade accounts for minor edge chipping on one side and one light crease in the lower right corner. The card’s grade is surpassed only by a single SGC 5 and one SGC 4.5.
Auction bidding will open on Thursday, June 30.