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1920s Ty Cobb Signed Photographic Presentation Display
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,997.50
These exceedingly rare photographic displays were produced in the 1920s by Ty Cobb himself for use as special presentation gifts to friends. (The fact that they were only given to Cobb's friends may, all by itself, explain their great rarity.) The high-quality folio display is designed as a folder that opens to reveal two photographic prints of Cobb (one in uniform, one in formal attire) that have each been individually mounted upon brown parchment. The mounted photo of Cobb in uniform is affixed to the left page, while the photograph featuring him in formal attire is affixed to the right page. The cover of the folder reads “Souvenir Photos of Ty Cobb – The World’s Greatest Ball Player” (modesty was never Cobb’s strong suit). Cobb has inscribed the piece, “Very Truly – Ty Cobb,” in black fountain pen (grading “8”) between the two photos. This extremely substantial item has always been recognized as one of the ultimate early Cobb-signed items. The reason why this rare piece is known only by advanced collectors today is because it is so unique that it does not quite fall neatly into one category of collecting. We have seen several examples over the years, and would guess that fewer than ten of these signed presentation folios are known. The offered example, which is new to the hobby, was a very unlikely discovery. This piece was found in an estate and consigned to this auction along with the collection of thirty-four newly discovered 1898 Pepsin Gum pins that are offered elsewhere in this auction. The consignor, a non-collector, had no idea how his relative happened to have acquired this item, only that it had been in the family for many decades. The display (13 x 10 inches, unfolded) is in Excellent to Mint condition and presents beautifully, as intended. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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