Ty Cobb Signed Photo - Famous Conlon "Sliding into Third" Photo (Personal Gift from Cobb in 1947!)

Sold For: $5,925

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 836

Item Year: 1945

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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The most desirable of all signed Ty Cobb photographs: Classic 8 x 10-inch photo of Ty Cobb sliding into third base, signed by Cobb in blue fountain pen (grading "9") in the upper left corner. This particular photo, which pictures Cobb sliding into New York Highlanders third baseman Jimmy Austin at the Polo Grounds in 1910, was taken by noted photographer Charles Conlon and remains the quintessential image of baseball's fiercest competitor. In addition to its inherent aesthetic qualities, the photo also represents what many consider to be the single most desirable image for a signed Ty Cobb photograph. The photo (not a first generation print) was a favorite of Cobb's and he had copies made over the years to sign and present to friends. According to our consignor, that's exactly how this photo was acquired. Our consignor's uncle, who was a veteran of World War II, attended the inaugural 1947 New York Yankees Old Timers' Day game at Yankee Stadium. Dressed in his military uniform, he was allowed access to the locker room and it was there that Ty Cobb spotted him. Cobb, himself a veteran of World War I, went over to say hello to the young man and made a gift to him of this photo as a remembrance of their meeting. It has remained in the family's possession as a special keepsake since that time. The photo displays a few light creases and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,925

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