August Live 2014
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Whenever the occasion presents itself, it's only natural to engage in lengthy discourse about the incomparable stature of Ty Cobb. The man epitomized the competitive spirit inherent in baseball, and succumbing to the urge to sing his praises, cite his statistics, or analyze Cobb-themed anecdotes is nearly overpowering. He was one-of-a- kind and, fortunately, he continues to live on as a priceless piece of baseball lore. Our most prominent mind's eye images of Cobb reveal his dynamic slide into second base, spikes aimed high, or showcase his nearly serene portrait, taken away from the field and apart from the arena where he displayed his uniqueness. Presented is a splendid departure, one which, like Cobb himself, is unique in its essential being and appearance. This 1911 T3 premium card of Cobb presents a perfect blend of his aspects. It combines his civilized acquiescence to portraiture with the feeling that he is nevertheless in his element. The field in the background is where his thoughts lie as he holds the bat and poses, and his expression conveys that sense of time and place. No serenity here, he's ready to deliver! Cobb always regarded the pastoral confines of the ballpark as a dog-eat-dog forum for combat, and his demeanor, as shown on this breathtaking card, clarifies that uncompromising attitude. The palpable "fire" of impending competition, as central to Cobb's enduring reputation, cannot be denied or ignored in this exceptional portrayal.
Graded EX 5 by PSA. Cobb's image is perfectly focused and it looks almost three-dimensional against the multi-colored backdrop. Wholly acceptable spots of corner wear—along with a few minor specks of surface loss can be seen on both left sides of the outer perimeter—do not distract the viewer from its splendid illustration. The offered collectible displays its issue's Checklist reverse (#'s 1-76), which concedes two barely noticeable wrinkles and a few spots of staining. Here's a showpiece collectible, in Excellent condition.
1911 T3 Turkey Red Premiums #9 Ty Cobb - PSA EX 5
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