Presented is an outstanding example of one of the premier Ty Cobb signed items. These exceedingly rare photographic folio displays were produced in the 1920s by Ty Cobb himself for use as special presentation gifts to friends. (The fact that they were given only to Cobb's friends may, all by itself, explain their great rarity.) The high-quality folio display is designed as a folder that opens to reveal two photographic prints of Cobb (one in uniform, one in formal attire) that have each been individually mounted upon brown parchment. The mounted photo of Cobb in uniform is affixed to the left page, while the photograph featuring him in formal attire is affixed to the right page. The cover of the folder reads “Souvenir Photos of Ty Cobb – The World’s Greatest Ball Player” (modesty was never Cobb’s strong suit). Cobb has inscribed the piece, “Very Truly – Ty Cobb,” in black fountain pen (grading “7/8”) between the two photos. This extremely substantial item has always been recognized as one of the ultimate early Cobb-signed items. The reason why this rare piece is known only by advanced collectors today is because it is so unique that it does not quite fall neatly into one category of collecting. We have seen several examples over the years, and would guess that fewer than ten of these signed presentation folios are known. This is just the third signed example we have offered in the last ten years. The folder (13 x 9.25 inches; unfolded), which displays just minor handling wear, is in Excellent to Mint condition and represents one of the finest examples we have seen. It has been mounted (by means of photo corners) in a framed display with double-sided glass so that each side of the folio can be viewed. Total dimensions: 27 x 24 inches. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA and full LOA from PSA/DNA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice
. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.
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