Lot # 3: 1907 Wolverine News Ty Cobb (HOF RC - Batting) - SGC PR 1

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Item was in Auction "Summer, 2023 Premier Auction",
which ran from 8/2/2023 12:00 PM to
8/19/2023 9:00 PM



The 1907 Wolverine News set is a Postcard set that solely features members of the Detroit Tigers, and includes two poses of their young sensation, Ty Cobb.  This is the batting pose and it features Cobb seemingly taking batting practice. This is one of only 11 examples of the Hall of Fame outfielder in the SGC pop report, with another 9 over at PSA.  The PR 1 grade speaks primarily to postal use, the sender writing "This is the high-salaried man" on the reverse, Cobb's $4,500 salary equating to approximately $150,000 today.  The corners of the card have rounded and some obverse foxing can be seen, while central image is essentially unscathed. The card has been postmarked October 13, 1908, with the sender's comments proving fans have been complaining about player salaries practically since the game was invented. His wages were indeed taking off but he was not yet the game's highest paid player, an honor that belonged to Nap Lajoie at the time. In 1912 Cobb would earn the first five figure salary in the history of the sport. A highly desirable rookie card of one of the game's greats.

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