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LOT: 33     Ty Cobb Cut Plug Original Tobacco Tin Circa 1911

 
Category: Memorabilia


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CURRENT BID:     $8,857.00

Start: 4/26/2013 12:00:00 PM EST

End: 5/12/2013 3:00:00 AM EST

 

STARTING BID:     $5,000.00

BID COUNT: 6 (Bid History)

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(LOT 33)
Ty Cobb Cut Plug Original Tobacco Tin Circa 1911

COBB TIN!!! We at Memory Lane are proud to offer this circa 1911 "Ty Cobb Granulated Cut Plug Tin". Ty Cobb wasn't known for his tobacco consumption, unlike his counterpart in Pittsburgh, Honus Wagner. It does seem that he did get involved with his own tobacco item called "Granulated Cut Plug". This short lived product wasn't a consumer favorite, so rarely are tins of this chew ever offered. There are only a few tins known to exist from this little business venture of his. However, this one has surfaced with a great story to follow. With a predominately red backdrop, the focus on this tin is a batting stance likeness of Cobb that's similar to the image that appeared in the T206, the "bat-on-shoulder" ilk, and that image is replicated on the reverse as well.

It measures 4-1/2" tall and has a serviceable hinged lid with an empty interior. One hundred years ago, it held a plug of tobacco. The company also produced a Ty Cobb card that is considered one of Ty's toughest cards. Comparable to a T206, its front duplicated the variety known as the "red portrait". The card proclaimed "Ty Cobb King of the Smoking Tobacco World." This tin exhibits surface scuffs, 2 minor dents, slight staining on the front upper area as well as significant wear due to age. Overall a solid VG+ condition that would highlight any collection. The story from the owner is as follows: Kevin Smith, a minister in Mississippi, was hired by a Church many years ago. There was a nearby railroad town that had a number of dilapidated buildings that were not in use. One structure that was falling in, caught his attention.

It was an old retail store that had been closed for years. He went inside and saw trash scattered throughout and found the tin in the mess on the floor. He stuck the tin in his pocket and stashed it away. He decided to take a look at it and realized Ty Cobb was featured on the front. This was before the internet, so there really wasn't a way to put a value on it. So, on the shelf it went as an antique novelty item. Just recently he decided to clean it off and figure out the value, if there was any. He noticed that Memory Lane had just sold one for more than $25,000, so he called us up and now Kevin will watch as his Ty Cobb Vintage Tin will go to the highest bidder.

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