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Old 12-27-2006, 10:56 PM
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Posted By: JimB

I came across a website set up by the University of Georgia for an exhibition of Senator Richard Russel's (died 1971) tobacco card collection which included an almost complete set of T206s (minus Wagner and Plank), T210s, T205s, etc. The two big highlights are a T206 Cobb/Cobb back and a Doyle N.Y. Nat'l. Does anybody know if this collection has been known for a long time or if these are new discoveries to the hobby. I believe they are now part of the University of Georgia's library holdings, but there will be a public exhibition this Winter. Wish I lived in Georgia now.

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http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell/online-exhibits/baseball/about.html

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Old 12-28-2006, 06:42 AM
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Another Cobb with Cobb back. I wonder how many more are out there and unknown to the regular collecting world....I say it everyday.....I think there is far more still unknown than we think.....

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Old 12-28-2006, 07:29 AM
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Posted By: Dan Bretta

I don't think more of the Cobb/Cobb surfacing will affect value any on this card. It is still rarer than the Wagner by far. And it doesn't surprise me that one would pop up in Georgia. Wasn't the Cobb brand local to Georgia only?

I wonder how old Senator Russel was when he died? Maybe he was putting the set together as a young man.

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I completely agree about values...whether there's 12 Cobb/Cobbs or 15...the demand is such that the value won't decrease. regards

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Old 12-28-2006, 08:36 AM
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Posted By: Jeff Mohler

After reading some of the information on the link, I had to wonder if the Senator actually stopped collecting when he was a kid... I mean the Cobb/Cobb...how many kids would be that thorough to get that card? I think he was a closet collector when collecting baseball cards wasn't as accepted as it is now. No facts to back me up. Just a guess!

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Old 12-28-2006, 09:25 AM
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"The tobacco cards in the Russell collection offer a rare, private glimpse into the lifelong passions of a very public figure. Library staff discovered these keepsakes neatly stacked in cigar boxes and stored on a top shelf in the senator's bedroom closet." jeff,i think you are correct and this paragraph from the website seems to back up your thoughts.

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This is why I wonder if it is a new discovery or one of the known 12. May Rob Lifson could help us out here since I believe he has handled virtually every known copy.
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:52 AM
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Posted By: Steve Dawson

To answer Dan's question, Senator Russell was born in November 1897, so he was 11-13 years old when T206 was issued.


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Old 12-29-2006, 08:54 AM
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JimB,
I'm in Georgia but unfortuntely I think the public exhibit you referred to ended in 2005.


I love this statement "The cards were found among his other juvenilia when additional materials came to the library in 1983."

I now have a new term to use - "Yes dear its another Ebay package. Just adding a bit to my juvenilia"

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Old 12-29-2006, 10:04 AM
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Posted By: David Smith

Instead of raising student's tuition or asking for more money for the Endowment Fund, the University should sell the collection. That way, true collectors could enjoy the juvenilia.

It sounds like the people in the Ivory White Towers at the U of G have attended the Bruce Dorskind School of Public Relations. IE, they are too good for such trivial things as baseball cards.


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