The T206 Ty Cobb card you want is the one with his name on the back AND the front.
A T206 Ty Cobb with the rare "King of the Smoking World" Cobb brand tobacco back brought $57,903 in a vintage sports card auction that closed late last week.
The card, one of perhaps only twelve of its kind in existence and markedly harder to locate than the famous Honus Wagner card from the same series, drew 25 bids in the Goodwin & Co. auction. It was graded SGC 20 (Fair). The price included a 17.5% buyer’s premium.
The Cobb card with the Cobb advertising back was distributed only in Cobb brand tobacco tins. It’s one of the most sought-after variations in the T206 issue.
Among the other pre-War baseball cards sold in the auction was a 1911-1914 D304 set, graded and including variations. The cards, issued by Buffalo area bakeries including Brunners, Butter Krust and others, are rare. The graded set sold for $35,941.
An 1887 Allen & Ginter Charles Comiskey, graded PSA 8, brought $30,861 while a PSA 9 1915 Cracker Jack Walter Johnson sold for $26,784. A PSA 8.5 Cracker Jack Joe Tinker from the same ’15 issue sold for $13,066.
What’s a major auction without a Babe Ruth rookie card? An SGC rated (Good) Gimbels Ruth wound up selling for $17,834.
There were a pair of Shoeless Joe Jackson cards generating attention, including a 1909-1911 American Caramel (E90-1) rookie card, graded VG by SGC. It sold for $17,834 while a PSA 7 1916 Sporting News Jackson was bought for a price of $17417.
A pair of early Mickey Mantle cards were sold including a 1952 Topps (SGC 80) at $29,711 and a 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie card (PSA 8) at $24,304.
A high grade 1963 Topps set, mostly PSA 8s and ranking #12 on the Set Registry, sold for $27,010 while a rare high-grade 1952 Topps John Rutherford from the scarce series and grading PSA 8 sold for $11,239.
Pre-War vintage baseball cards for sale on eBay