“Rare for the Grade” 1912 T227 Ty Cobb “Honest Long Cut’ (PSA 4) - Only a SOLE Higher Graded Example on the COMBINED PSA & SGC “Pop” Charts! Of all the Ty Cobb pre-WWII cards sought after by avid vintage collectors, none provide a more aesthetically brilliant portrayal of the “Georgia Peach” than his representation on the ultra desirable T227 “Series of Champions” issue. In 1912, the “Honest Long Cut” and “Miners Extra” tobacco brands included a single card representing one of the era’s prominent sports stars. The “Series of Champions” 25 subject checklist included sports personalities from baseball, billiards, car racing, swimming, wrestling, golf, horse racing, etc. Four separate baseball players were issued including Ty Cobb, Chief Bender, Frank Baker and Rube Marquard. Unquestionably, the Cobb subject is the most valuable of the 25 athletes, and just may be the most popular “Georgia Peach” pre-war card as it provides the serious enthusiast with a sound balance of eye appeal and affordability. Ultra condition sensitive, most of the remaining oversized T227 cardboard specimens are found in low-grade condition with mid-grade examples near impossible to come by. With that in mind, presented here just happens to be a T227 Honest Long Cut Miners Extra Ty Cobb example residing in a breathtaking PSA 4 holder. Justifying the condition sensitivity is the COMBINED PSA and SGC “Pop” Charts listing approximately 100 encapsulated copies of which a mere 8 other copies have achieved the extremely tough “VG/EX-4” grade (less than 10%), and only a SOLE copy (a PSA 6 example) has been graded higher!It is hard to imagine that any “VG/EX-4” specimen has only been bested by a single example, but with the T227 Cobb that is the unquestionable scenario. Owning any vintage mid-grade Cobb card is impressive, but what could be more rewarding than capturing this PSA 4 T227 marvel that virtually never appears at this extremely rare technical assessment. In fact, we simply cannot recall when the last PSA T227 Cobb at this hallowed level appeared in any public auction with virtually all of the circulating copies depicting poor eye appeal “1” through “3” grades. Due to Cobb’s revered stature, esteemed enthusiasts actively pursue his ultra-obscure cardboard collectibles. Cobb’s incomparable batting achievements include the highest lifetime batting average (.366), a 1909 Triple Crown season, three .400 or better batting averages and 12 seasons in which he led the American League in batting (including 9 consecutive seasons from 1907 – 1915!). He is unquestionably one of baseball’s greatest five tool players ever since he could hit for average and power (when he so desired), field, run and throw as well if not better than any of his dead-ball era peers. The presented copy provides, arguably, the most popular Ty Cobb image affixed to any pre-war Ty Cobb cardboard artifact, with his majestic batting image encompassing a majority of the frame. Atypical for this example is the near perfect registration and bright, almost radiant like, yellow background that normally presents itself in a dreary manner. The relatively clean white borders atypically reveal no serious soiling, and remarkably, no major creases are evident. Strong mid-grade corners, and a super clean verso including the Honest Long Cut advertisement complete this 104-year old masterpiece, with some negligible border chipping the only noteworthy flaw to the naked eye. Earlier this year, an SGC 5.5 example realized a nearly $16K price tag, with this offering’s brilliant aesthetics certainly consistent with the mere few of mid-grade examples currently existing in the hobby. Simply stated, this T227 Cobb is one of the finest of its kind, and with only a single PSA example carrying a higher technical assessment, it is truly worthy of the highest hobby accolades via its breathtaking eye appeal and “rare for the grade” status!