1948 Ty Cobb Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948
Three-page handwritten letter (on two separate sheets; one front and back), dated December 6, 1948, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb. In his letter, penned on his "Menlo Park, California" letterhead, Cobb writes to his friend, Helene, and complains about a bothersome "friend" of his. In part:
Dear Helene - It seems in my effort to be nice and polite to people generally I run into embarrasing [sic] things, now its Tom McClure for sure, I wrote you recently about him my thought was based on his #1 shock to me, where he said my son Herschel had been in Bend, Oregon + made very disparaging remarks of me. I wrote these people, they absolutely denied hearing him say such, even said they had never met Herschel - so -. Tom promised lots of people boxes of apples which he admits he gathers of all things, at night, I told him not to send me personally any apples as I could get them here, at near the price of express and he should not send me any. He promised many to others, and of all things sent them to me, for them, express collect by me to pay, even a box to Ucker, a man who painted my house here but lives at Lake Tahoe 240 miles away and McClure sent them to me here + collect and this one shipment was only one of 5 or 6 all collect for me to pay charges...he tried to tack charges on me and did for 3 or 4 boxes, then I refused express co. after that...When I first met Tom I figured him out right as has been proven. I needed a housekeeper, knowing I was getting rid of her, Tom was told this, he has reversed charges on phone to me, was getting someone etc., fine cook turned out to be just a lumber camp cook, and a drunk...write me and don't be silent as you have possibly on account of Tom, I don't know but am guessing and I guess good sometime. Be good. As ever T. R. Cobb. - P.S. Not feeling well, such as this and other things, the cause. No second sheets of stationery at hand hence this. T. R. C.
Both the text and signatures have been scripted in blue fountain pen and grade "9/10." This letter was written to Helene Champlain, a book dealer and collector who managed the bookstore at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City for nearly two decades (late 1940s through the early 1960s). Cobb was one of her close friends and the two corresponded frequently. This is one of several letters from Cobb to her that we have seen over the years. Each sheet of the letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays two horizontal fold lines and is in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $948