Ty Cobb is still viewed as one of the greatest baseball players of all time and only 6 cards from his playing years have sold at auction over the past 18 years. This month, a 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Green Portrait card with an autograph authenticated by PSA goes up for sale in the PWCC Premier Auction. The auction goes live May 5th and runs through May 19th.
“The PWCC Premier Auction occasionally sees cards go to the block that are incredibly unlikely to ever surface again,” said Jesse Craig, Director of Business Development at PWCC Marketplace. “This Ty Cobb autographed card fits that category. This is such a rare card that it likely won’t change hands again for some time.”
Why do so few autographed Cobb cards exist? During Cobb’s era, players typically signed baseballs and photos. Rarely did they sign their own cards – one of the many reasons signed vintage cards have exploded in popularity. Further, Ty Cobb died in 1961, long before signing baseball cards became popular.
For perspective on how much value an autograph adds to a vintage card with a low pop autograph count, an unsigned 1955 Roberto Clemente PSA 1 sold for $985 in December 2021. A PSA 1 with an autograph sold for $77,797 in December 2021.
“The on-card autograph market for vintage cards has seen a tremendous rise in value over the past few years,” Craig said. “Further, the demand for every T206 Cobb remains incredibly high. The T206 set is still one of the most popular sets in the industry, if not the most popular.”