One of a small number of surviving century-old Ty Cobb Tobacco tins headlines Wheatland Auction Services’ August sale which launched Thursday. The 4-1/2?-tall tin, which features an image of the Hall of Fame slugger on the front, is recognized is considered one of the most desirable tobacco artifacts, baseball or otherwise. It’s often referred to as the “King of Tobacco Tinss.
Ty Cobb Tobacco Tin is valued well into the thousands even with the typical effects of time. It’s believed the tin once held the exceptionally scarce baseball card of Cobb that features an ad for ‘Cobb Tobacco’ on the reverse and was not widely distributed. Fewer than 25 are known to exist today.
The tin will be on display with several other auction items inside the Wheatland Auctions booth (#433/435P) at this year’ s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, July 29-August 2.