It’s a postcard just about every fan of the Detroit Tigers would have wanted when it was first printed: close up image of the team’s young star. The Wolverine News Company of Detroit produced cards of the most prominent members of the team that captured their first American League pennant. Not many survived, but one of them is among the headliners in Heritage Auctions’ first catalog sale of 2022.
Graded SGC 1.5 (Fair), the card carries a presale estimate of $30,000+. It’s one of only nine on SGC’s population report. For its part, PSA has graded just seven.
Postmarked in Cheboygan, MI, two years after it was first produced, the card bears the handwriting of the original sender on the back.
Cobb was 20 years old in 1907 and his first year as an everyday player was a great one. He won the batting title with a .350 average, led the league in RBI with 119, hits with 212 and stolen bases with 49.
The Tigers did win the pennant but were swept by the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.\
Cobb had two cards in the 1907 Wolverine News set. The other one is a full length image of him batting. Both are equally rare with just 15 in the combined PSA and SGC pop reports.
The card is part of the January 27 and 28 Heritage Winter Sports Card auction.