Comments: In April, 2000 the collection
needed a Cobb. I wasn't in a position to purchase an item contemporary
to his career so I decided on the 1973 Topps #475 as a good placeholder.
The PSA 8 I purchased was later upgraded to a MINT example in
2003. In June, 2005 I decided to finally replace the tribute with
a T206 red background. I thought it was the card to get of Ty
Cobb. But, I wanted it to be special. Around the same time I learned
the T206 issue was available with many different back options
(obviously, The Monster by XXX was missing from my library). American
Beauty cigarettes was an option when I found a raw example on
eBay example offered by Frank Ward at a pretty good price. The
name American Beauty and a red background T206 Cobb were a perfect
match. So, I pulled the trigger and won the auction. In the bottom
border somebody had written Cobb in blue pen and now only the
"Co" is faintly visible. Shortly thereafter, it was submitted
to PSA but they wouldn't slab the card due to some "restoration"
marks. Somebody had crulely tried to cover up the creases/wrinkles
with red paint in a few spots on the card front. I contacted a
hobby friend who helped me bring back the card to its original
condition by removing the paint fragments. It was subsequently
graded by SGC as POOR 10. I love the card, the story, but I kept
my eyes peeled for an upgrade and an opportunity came up in March,
2010 via the Network54 baseball card forum. The card wasn't centered
but the color was sharp, the corners nice and no wrinkles or creases.
It was graded VG by SGC. I purchased the card. Since 2005, I've
only seen two American Beauty Cobbs offered for sale and I acquired
both. And, I don't know of any other examples in any private collection.
I thought I would sell the SGC 10 but can't do it because of the
centering on the SGC 40 example. In some ways I prefer the SGC
10, in other ways I prefer the SGC 40 example and therefore can't
justify selling either card until I find a clear upgrade to both.
The quest continues….
UPDATE: I received an offer I couldn't refuse in September, 2013
and sold the SGC 40 example.