1952 Ty Cobb Handwritten Letter and Mailing Envelope Plus Handwritten Box Score from Cobb's Professional Debut in 1904

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1356

Item Year: 1952

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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One-page handwritten letter, dated February 2, 1952, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb. This is an extremely interesting letter because of the content. Apparently, a gentleman named Elmer Spencer had somehow obtained a handwritten box score and written summary of Cobb's first professional game with the Augusta Tourists of the South Atlantic League in 1904. He then sent the box score and summary, which was scripted in pencil on each side of a single, unlined sheet, to Cobb for verification. After receiving it, Cobb wrote the following letter, which is scripted in his customary green ink on his personal letterhead. In full: "Dear Mr Spencer:- Appreciate you letter, think box score is correct. I am a member of Moslem Temple. The stories (2) am doing is for Life Magazine, Mch 16-23 really very soon, hope you like them. With regards, I am, Sincerely Ty Cobb." Both the text and signature grade "10." Included with the letter are the original box score sent to Cobb, as well as the original mailing envelope for Cobb's return letter to Mr. Spencer. The box score shows that Cobb hit a home run and a double in his four at bats for Augusta on April 26, 1904. Surprisingly, despite that auspicious start, Cobb was released by Augusta after just two games. He was later recalled by the club in August of that year. The following season he made his debut with the Detroit Tigers. The letter (7 x 10.25 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds, a tiny bit of toning along the right border, and a few slight surface wrinkles. In Excellent condition overall. The box score (7.5 x 10 inches) displays toning, three horizontal mailing folds, and a few small edge tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition. The envelope (7.5 x 4 inches) remains in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 3 items (letter, box score, and envelope). Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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