Dynamic Duo Collection with T206 Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie

Collector Paid Just $1.25 each in the early 1980's
  • August 06, 2021


Imagine paying $1.25 for a T206 Ty Cobb or a Nap Lajoie.  Talk about a return on investment by selling those cards today!  One collector did such a thing by selling Just Collect his pair of Hall of Famers from the iconic tobacco card set.  We introduce you to the Dynamic Duo Collection!

A collector reached out to us about a pair of Hall of Famer cards from the incredible 1909-11 T206 set. The two cards this gentleman was interested in selling were none other than Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie!  Just Collect is always interested in purchasing T206 cards, especially Hall of Famers like these two players.  One of our favorite purchases includes the rare Eddie Plank T206 card from The Fairy Godmother Find. This Dynamic Duo also has a cool backstory; we couldn't believe how much the cards originally cost.

$1.25 For a Ty Cobb T206

In the early 1980's, the collector purchased a table to buy and sell cards at a sports card show in the Pittsburgh, PA. area.  To advertise about the cards he was interested in buying and selling for the local shows, the collector took ads in the classifieds section of the newspapers.  Remember reading about local card shows in the classifieds?  Or looking to buy a sweet 1985 Dodge Daytona as your first car... 

A gentleman from Fairmont, WV. saw the ad and said he had 125 tobacco cards and had an offer of $1.00 per card.  If this collector would offer $1.25 per card, the man from Fairmont would sell.  The following day, the two met on the seller's Fairmont farm.  The collection of 125 cards were from a cabinet in the barn, and in that stack was:

  • SIX Ty Cobb cards
  • Cy Young
  • Christy Matthewson 



Lajoie and Cobb


If you're wondering, the inflation from from even 1980 to today makes that $4.12 per card.  We're not talking 1950 either - these treasures were acquired for less than a cup of coffee just 40 years ago.   What a buy!

The Cobb is a Piedmont back, graded PSA 5.5 and the Lajoie has a Sweet Caporal back with a grade of PSA 4. The backs of the card contain advertisements for the tobacco products the cards were sold in.  If you'd like to learn more about the rarity of each back, we have an article that breaks down all 16 different backs/brands for you here.


The collector sold most of his stack off to help pay college tuition for his daughter, but held on to just two cards - a Cobb and Lajoie, until now. After reaching out for our FREE APPRAISAL, we agreed on a purchase price for the last two two cards left from the barn in Fairmont, WV. Just Collect is proud to have purchased The Dynamic Duo Collection!

If you're looking to sell your collection, be it a single card Babe Ruth card or an entire modern collection, we are interested.  We can pay you in cash, check, money order, steak dinner, or give you a ride in the 1985 Dodge Daytona we just bought from the classifieds.  

We can review your collection in a way that best fits you, too!

  • Travel to us

If you'd like to take a road to to sunny New Jersey, we can make a deal here at the Just Collect office. Recently, we met a father-son duo that drove eight hours from Virginia to meet me to sell a Michael Jordan rookie card stored in Tupperware since 1986 - great read here. Call us any time to set up a visit.

  • SHIP your collection 

We can offer the Just Collect FedEx account number so that we can not only pay the shipping cost of the collection but to make sure that the cards were FULLY INSURED by us. For tips on how to protect your cards today, check out this article.

  • Come to a show

We keep a LIST of card shows we'll be attending; we can always meet at a show!

  • I'll come to you!

Fingers crossed the States stay open and the birds in the sky are flying.  I'll hope on a plane and meet you at a place you're comfortable with.


Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect buy list blog here


We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.


Whether you have a T206 cards, vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 


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