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Graded 84 NM 7 by SGC. This is the only example at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of three copies recorded in SGC's census reporting. While this card was issued in the middle of Cobb's career, he had already amassed amazing statistics. Cobb had just come off of his ninth straight batting title and also led the League in runs, hits and stolen bases. In fact, his 96 thefts set a record that would stand until Maury Wills eclipsed it nearly 50 years later. The Sporting News issues are popular with collectors due to their quality black-and-white photography that often captured the subjects in a glorious action shot. Interestingly, Cobb took more pride in the ability to bunt, a skill he thoroughly mastered, than in hitting home runs. The offered photographic image is one of Charles Conlon's most famous shots of Cobb poised to bunt. (Conlon is considered to be the finest baseball photographer in the history of the sport.) While most of the subjects appeared in both Sporting News issues, Cobb, for unknown reasons, was only featured in the latter set, making it more difficult for collectors. Here offered is a well-centered example, exhibiting a crystal clear image of Cobb. It's four corners are square and sharp, and its reverse, which sports a Sporting News advertisement is boldly printed. Stunning Near Mint condition.
1916 M101-4 Sporting News #38 Ty Cobb - SGC 84 NM 7 "1 of 1!"
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