Make way for another rare T206 Ty Cobb Back.
Publicity generated by the 2016 Lucky 7 Find (that later became 8) of Cobb Tobacco back cards led one man who had inherited his father’s old pre-War card collection to look a little closer in one of the albums where they were stored. Feeling confident, he had struck gold, he started reaching out in search of a buyer. Fortunately for New Jersey-based buyer Just Collect, the man lived just a short drive away and agreed to meet.
After getting a look at it in person, Just Collect made an offer which was accepted. They sent it to PSA where it was confirmed as the real deal.
While it’s in rough shape (graded PSA 1), the card is still one of just 24 known examples of the rare card and would likely bring a six-figure price tag.
It sounds like a lot of money (and it is), but Evan Mathis didn’t make $2.88 million on the Mickey Mantle card he sold through Heritage Auctions last week. The former NFL offensive lineman acquired the card a couple of years ago, partly through an old-fashioned trade of “about 90 percent” of the collection he had built to that time and the rest through financing.
Now that the dust has settled and card has a new owner, he’s off to try to find the next big deal, something he works at every day.
He spoke via video chat with Rick Karle of WBRC-TV in Birmingham about his thoughts on the final selling price of the Mantle (the pre-sale estimate was $3.5 million) and more. If you can’t see the video below, click here.
At least one 2018 Bowman Chrome Atomic Refractor Shohei Ohtani was pulled and immediately listed on eBay Tuesday with a 99-cent opening bid. Within hours, it had rocketed past $33,000–although it’s questionable whether all of those bids are legitimate. Ohtani’s Red Ink autos from Topps Heritage–numbered to 69–aren’t selling for nearly that much, although prices have risen considerably over the last couple of weeks.
The card is numbered 38 out of 100. It’s a five-day auction you can see here.