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Not very much is known about the elusive 1907 Heimer Postcards Detroit Tigers issue. New Jersey-based pre-war card specialist Sports Card Guarantee has graded just six examples, and the offered SGC 40 VG 3 specimen is one of the highest on record, as only a single SGC 50 VG-EX 4 has ever graded higher. Neither PSA nor BGS have yet to grade a single copy, and their is no entry for the issue in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. We believe the card was produced and distributed exclusively around the Detroit area, and what we do know is that it features a widely distributed team photo of the 1907 pennant-winning squad, including Hughie Jennings, Sam Crawford, and a southern kid named Ty Cobb, fresh off his hellish rookie season in 1906, when Cobb was all but physically tortured by a group of veterans intent on keeping their jobs. Baseball postcards were very popular at the time, and Cobb can be found on several more common issues, including the 1907-09 Dietsche and the 1907-09 H.M. Taylor, as well as some much scarcer issues, like the 1907 Heimer, the 1907 F.P. Burker, the 1907 Wolverine News, and the 1907-09 Novelty Cutlery, the latter few of which routinely sell for several thousands of dollars when they occasionally surface, even in low grades, as they are considered Ty Cobb's rookie cards. Unlike these other early Cobb issues, however, what I like most about the Heimer Postcard is that one can easily perceive the intense fire in the 20 year-old's stare, if not for the stoking of which, the game might have been cheated of its greatest ever player.  

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,290
Number Bids: 34
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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