Circa 1920s Ty Cobb Batting Original Photo by Paul Thompson - PSA/DNA Type 1

Sold For: $840

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1617

Item Year: 1925

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Original photo of Ty Cobb as a member of the Detroit Tigers taken by noted baseball photographer Paul Thompson. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it as a Type I original photograph. Cobb is pictured here in midswing as he takes batting practice prior to a game. Paul Thompson's proprietary stamp appears on the reverse, as does the name "Ty Cobb" (presumably in Thompson's hand). This photo appears to date from the 1920s, when Cobb was player/manager of the Tigers. Cobb, of course, is widely considered to be the greatest hitter in history; therefore, photos capturing him at bat have always been highly prized by collectors. The fact that this image was taken by Thompson only adds to its significance. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) displays a small tear in the upper left border that has been repaired on the reverse with clear tape, as well as a smaller tear to the top border; otherwise it is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++.


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