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Old 11-20-2017, 01:43 PM
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Default Ty Cobb In the Matheson Silent Six Auto

Very rare Cobb postcard from 1910 which until recently, I was unaware came in two different versions, both with Barney Oldfield and Davy Jones -- but with a different driver and copy on the cards. Otherwise the cards are identical:





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You sure do know your Cobb postcards. I would never have noticed these being different until seeing them in the same post. Thanks for sharing, very cool.
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Very cool! Did not know there were two versions as well.
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When you say different drivers...looks to me like Cobb and the other guy in the front just switch seats...same 4 passengers, no?

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When you say different drivers...looks to me like Cobb and the other guy in the front just switch seats...same 4 passengers, no?
I agree, and I imagine they got used for promotion of the company, so the big wig had to get one behind the wheel too.
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When you say different drivers...looks to me like Cobb and the other guy in the front just switch seats...same 4 passengers, no?
Yes, identical postcards other than Cobb switching seats with the car rep.
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I am pretty sure that the other driver is Barney Oldfield, probably the most famous race car driver of the early 20th century.
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Wonder if Cobb traded in his Brush Runabout?
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I am pretty sure that the other driver is Barney Oldfield, probably the most famous race car driver of the early 20th century.
Jobu, very biased here (as he is a direct relative of mine), but when talking AAA sanctioned races, Ray Harroun was as famous if not more than Oldfield from 1905-1911. Oldfield was a speed daredevil, no question unmatched here, but was often banned from big-track racing.

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If you look carefully you can see Cobb with a "Ty Cobb back" tobacco card.
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