Beckett Select Auctions Acquires Rare Cobb Card
Oct 19 2007 2:06PM
Very few athletes evoke the glory years in baseball history like TY COBB. The Georgia Peach. Unique and special, on and off the field. His speed and hitting skill are unquestioned. The Major League's All-Time leading hitter at .366, his talents transcend any generation. So much so, he was a member of the first ever class of The Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
This card is a double size foldout featuring two bat pieces, and COBB nameplate from one of his bats. Unfolded, this card measures 7 1/4 inches across. Card is numbered 1/1 above the barrel piece, and the Topps Triangle 1/1 hologram sticker is on the card back.
Because Cobb retired in 1928, any Ty Cobb bat is rare. In those days, they didn't go through bats like they do today. Many players named their bats because they lasted all season. When cut down, they can produce 100's of cards. For each bat though, there is only one bat barrel nameplate.
To compare, you will find 100's AUTHENTIC Babe Ruth autographs before you will find another Ty Cobb bat barrel nameplate card. Sure, most collectors may relate to a Ruth autograph, but when it comes to TRUE historical rarity, a Cobb bat personifies that.
Our research data indicates there have been only five (5) total Cobb bats ever cut down by the hobby. By this we mean, all of the card companies combined! Basically, only one bat barrel card has come out per year since 2003. THIS IS THE ONLY COBB BAT BARREL NAMEPLATE RELEASED FROM TOPPS, ACROSS ALL OF THEIR TRADING CARD BRANDS. So if you are a collector of Cobb, and only buy Topps, this IS THE ONLY bat barrel nameplate card you will find anywhere. Having realized the importance of this card, Topps featured it on their dealer sales materials for the release of 2007 Triple Threads.
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