View Full Version : T-Unc Ty Cobb 1926 cigarette card id?

02-20-2012, 01:45 PM
I ended up buying this Ty Cobb- 1926 Lucky Strike card after the auction was over since no one bid on it. I paid a fraction of the asking price but still several hundred dollars. When I received it, I couldn't believe how thin the stock is and how large it really is. It's probably 4 x 6 in size. Obviously it's a poor rendering of Cobby but still a card/premium I didn't have. Anyone seen any others or have any ideas? A quick Google search shows Lucky Strike was in it's heyday in the mid 1920s. Thanks in advance.....



02-20-2012, 01:51 PM
Ty Cobb: The Mustache Years

02-20-2012, 01:58 PM
Ty Cobb: The Mustache Years

My guess is it's really "Irv" Cobb. ......Irv Young's long lost brother and Cy's nemesis.

02-20-2012, 02:22 PM
I saw it when it was up and think it has been listed multiple times but can't quite recall.

My first thought was that Lucky Strike took an existing generic image of a ballplayer and just put Ty Cobb's name on it. I thought that maybe there were others with the same image but just other player's names on the caption. Or perhaps another with a similar generic image but with Babe Ruth or Christy Mathewson's name, etc? My other thought was reprint. I don't know what it is but it seems too crude for 1926. Something just off about it.

Anyway, it's a piece that obviously deserves some more research. If this is from 1926, interesting to note how much more detailed and elaborate their advertising became in 1928. We've all seen these, right?


02-20-2012, 03:05 PM
Not sure if it's related or not, but I picked this up a few years ago:


02-20-2012, 03:11 PM
that's pretty neat. You touch the cigarette to the paper and follow the sparks around the bases.

In my opinion, they aren't related. Leon's has a 1890s style woodcut (King Kelly) character whereas the one you showed is more cartoony. But what the hell do I know?

02-20-2012, 03:34 PM
Beer Coasters?