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Circa 1900 Ty Cobb Baseball Photograph - His First Baseball Team

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,937.50

This circa -1900 sepia-toned original first-generation photograph, which pictures Ty Cobb posing with ten other members of the Royston, Georgia, town team, is believed to be the earliest known baseball-related image of Ty Cobb in existence. This was Cobb's very first organized team. Cobb, who was approximately fourteen years old at the time this photo was taken, is pictured seated on the far left next to manager Bob McCreary. It is obvious that Cobb is by far the youngest and smallest player on the team, but even at such a young age, his determination knew no bounds. It was also the age at which his natural talents began to blossom. Manager McCreary was later quoted as stating, “Ty was still a little, skinny, spare-built fellow. But I thought at the time that he was about the best natural ballplayer I had ever seen.” Even though all the other players on this semi-pro Royston team were seventeen or eighteen years old, the talent and determination of fourteen-year-old Cobb allowed him to excel among these older players. Cobb left his home town of Royston to join the Augusta Tourists in 1904. This is the only surviving image that we know of featuring Cobb with Royston. This well-known image has been featured in a number of books including Ty Cobb – His Tumultuous Life and Times by Richard Bak (Taylor Publishing Company, 1994). The photo (4 x 5.5 inches) displays five small holes (three of which touch upon Cobb’s image) as well as a number of small tears, many of which have been repaired on the reverse with clear tape. Vintage black-fountain pen notations on the reverse identify Cobb, the team, and the manager. In Good condition. Included with the photo is a repaired negative of the image, as well as a larger, recent print made from the negative. This is an extremely rare and early Cobb photograph with an extraordinary historical significance. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,937.50

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