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Some still consider the "Ty Cobb with Ty Cobb back" insert card to be a variation on the T206 issue that was produced at the same time as that set's release. Those who have actually seen the card first-hand, though, generally agree that it is different in its production quality from all T206's, and that it was probably created and distributed as a single-card advertising insert. The actual production dates of the Ty Cobb Tobacco brand are not known, but these tins probably didn't appear until sometime after the well-documented 1909 to 1911 period of release for the T206 inserts. A solid guess would be that colorful containers like this one—with their attractive gold-orange-yellow color scheme—made a short debut on tobacconists' shelves sometime between 1912 and 1914. Based on the scant population of known types, it would seem that the smoking product's lifespan was both short and regionally limited.
It's likely that the total number of surviving examples of tobacco tins sharing this Ty Cobb design configuration hovers at the one-dozen mark—about half as many as typical estimates applying to the namesake advertising cards associated with the product. It can be stated that, among the entirety of the tin's recognized cohort, this excitingly handsome specimen is one of the best-preserved.
The tin is largely without any major blemish. Its nicely matching, vintage lithography on both sides pictures the baseball immortal who lent his name to the product. The tin measures 4-1/2"-tall x 3"-wide x 7/8" deep. Natural darkening affects some areas of the hinged lid's outer surface and along the lip of the bottom edge (primarily due to skin oils from handling). Very minor imperfections also appear within the inks of the still-vivid ballplayer lithos on both front and back, and all graphic elements—title/brand legends, decorative wreaths and ribbons, and even small Factory identification text—have aged gracefully with full legibility and intact visual integrity. The tin's interior displays minor spots of dull oxidation with small patches of rust in the bottom. Its side and bottom panels are exceptional (a few dark spots on the blank side panel, where a partial tax stamp is still affixed). Overall VG/EX to EX presentation quality, and a superior example in every respect.
Rare Circa 1912 Ty Cobb Tobacco Tin - One of the Finest Known Examples!
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