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1960 Ty Cobb ALS Concerning a "Deal for a Signed Baseball"

Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50

Offered here is a fascinating one-page handwritten letter from Ty Cobb that offers rare insight into his complex personality. The letter, which is dated March 3, 1960 and penned on a sheet of Ramada Inn (Scottsdale, Arizona) stationery, documents Cobb's promise to send a fan a signed baseball in exchange for a fee: “Dear Mr. Lengfelder, You made a deal, here is the ball, only thing was convenient to get a National League ball, hope this doesn’t make any difference. Make your check to Cobb Educational Foundation. I never accept any fees and that for 5 years all funds go to my foundation. Thanks, I am, Sincerely, Ty Cobb.” A postscript reads “The above address will get me for two or three weeks, here convalescing.” Despite the fact that Cobb has always been portrayed by historians in a misanthropic light, he was actually very involved with charitable concerns, especially toward the end of his life. The Cobb Educational Foundation, which awarded college scholarships to needy Georgia students, was founded by Cobb in 1953. Although his regular signing fee of $5.00 obviously helped raise money for the Foundation, Cobb generously donated $100,000 to the fund at its inception. Unfortunately, Cobb was suffering from a number of serious illnesses at the time of this letter and he passed away the following year at the age of seventy-four. This is an exceptional Cobb letter and, given its content, would be the perfect complement to any Ty Cobb signed baseball. Both the text and signature have been boldly penned in Cobb's customary green ink and grade "9/10." The stationery (5.75 x 8.5 inches) displays a horizontal mailing fold and is in Near Mint condition. The letter has been handsomely matted and framed together with a 20 x 16-inch black-and-white photo of Cobb in uniform for optimal display. Total dimensions: 32 x 21.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50


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