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1920s Ty Cobb Zinn Beck Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Manufactured by the Zinn Beck Bat Co. of Greenville, South Carolina, this professional model "300" bat has "Type Of Bat Used By Ty Cobb" stamped in block letters directly below the center brand. With the exception of the final "B" in "Cobb," all the manufacturer's stampings are deep and well defined. Heavy use is evident along its entire length including cleat marks, surface marks, grain swelling, and deadwood on the back of the barrel. Zinn Bertram Beck spent parts of five years as a player in the Major Leagues before retiring in 1918 to become a professional bat maker, crafting bats for both major and minor league players. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, Zinn Beck's small shop made custom bats for many players, including Cobb. Presently, there is no evidence to suggest that Zinn Beck bats (his was a small company) were ever available for sale to the general public (i.e., no known advertisements, catalogs, etc.). All of the existing side-written Zinn Beck bats match the precise specifications of other known game bats used by that respective player. That fact strongly suggests that all Zinn Beck bats were made exclusively by custom order for professional use only by the given player. Measuring 34.75 inches in length and weighing of 33.8 ounces, this bat's specifications fall within the acceptable range for Cobb gamers and the bat also features a hand-turned knob (indicating that special care was taken when custom-making this bat). Despite that fact, it must be noted that all of the known side-written pro model Zinn Beck bats are stamped either "Extra Special" or model "100," not model "300," as is the case with this bat. Additionally, there is no evidence of tape having once been applied to the handle, as was Cobb's custom. Those two anomalies have resulted in the bat's final grade of A4 by MEARS. The bat initially received an ideal grade of A8 (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use), however, 3 points were then deducted for lack of factory records (common for nearly all bats during this period) and another one point for its being a model "300." LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Reserve $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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