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1945 Ty Cobb Signed 3 x 5 Card - Unique Discovery
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $940
In January 2009 a seventy-four-year-old California woman made national headlines when she discovered a rare 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Peck & Snyder advertising trade card in a box of old junk. While that story dominated the news, another, less publicized, discovery was being made at the same time in Newport News, Virginia. It was there that our consignor, an eighty-year-old woman, attended a local estate sale in the hopes of finding a small gift for her grandchild, who loves baseball. Luckily, she happened upon an old book titled Baseball by Earl Schenck Miers. After paying fifty cents for the book, she took it home and began flipping through it. As she did so, she noticed a small 3 x 5-inch card stuck between the pages. To her surprise, the card featured the black fountain pen signature of Ty Cobb, below which (also in Cobb's hand) was the date, "10/18/45." Although admittedly not a baseball fan (she has been to only one game in her entire life), she did recognize the name of Ty Cobb and immediately called our office to find out if the signature was real. Upon receiving a picture of the 3 x 5 card in the mail we were happy to tell her the good news: the signature was not only authentic, but a first-class example at that. Cobb's signature and the date are boldly penned and grade "9/10." A small circular sticker, bearing the typed notation "Tigers '11" appears in the upper right corner. A magazine photo of Cobb has been affixed to the reverse. Aside from some moderate toning (the 3 x 5 card appears to have once been mounted in an album or frame, as the border areas are white), the card is in Excellent condition. All and all, an outstanding Cobb signature example, not to mention a very good start to the year for baseball finds. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $940
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