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1922 Ty Cobb Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75
Official American League (Johnson) ball signed and dated on a side panel by Ty Cobb. The legendary “Georgia Peach” has signed the ball in black fountain pen and added the date, “9/7/22,” directly below his signature. A small abrasion touches upon the “T” in “Ty,” otherwise the signature remains quite bold, grading “9.” Despite the fact that Cobb was a gracious signer, especially in the many years following his career, single-signed Cobb balls dating from his playing days are virtually nonexistent. This is the first that we can ever recall offering. This particular ball is especially desirable due to the fact that we know exactly when it was signed. Cobb was player /manager with the Tigers in 1922, but the added managerial pressures hardly affected his performance on the field. Cobb batted over .400 for the third and final time of his career, finishing the year at .401. (Ironically, George Sisler’s career-high .420 mark denied Cobb of his thirteenth batting title.) The provenance of this ball is unknown, but whoever obtained it did so on an off-day for the Tigers, as the club was en route from Chicago to St. Louis on September 7th. Most of the Cobb single-signed balls we have had date from the 1950s, or from the final two years of his life (1960 and 1961). An example from 1922 is very unusual and noteworthy. The ball is heavily soiled, with numerous minor abrasions; however, the signature and date are largely unaffected and contrast extremely well against the dark surface, resulting in an outstanding vintage Cobb single-signed ball. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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