Ty Cobb H&B signature-model bat (predating model numbers) dating from the 1919-1922 manufacturing period. Graded GU 7 by PSA/DNA. The bat displays evidence of excellent use, including ball marks on the right, left, and back barrel, and a crack of indeterminate length in the handle that has been repaired with a nine-inch wrap of black tape. Please note: PSA/DNA has provided a lengthy three-page LOA (it can be viewed, in its entirety, on our website) that we encourage all prospective bidders to read so that they may have a full understanding of the company's analysis and conclusion. Although a veteran of fourteen seasons, Cobb was still at the peak of his powers during the four-year period 1919 to 1922. Cobb won his twelfth and final batting title with a .384 average in 1919. The following three years were equally productive, as evidenced by his batting averages of .334, .389, and .401, respectively (despite batting .401 in 1922, Cobb lost the batting title to George Sisler's .420 mark). One of only three players to hit over .400 on three separate occasions, Cobb's lifetime average of .366 has stood the test of time for the past eighty-four years and is a record that will most likely never be broken. A Cobb bat is essential for any collector attempting to put together an advanced Hall of Fame game-used bat collection and the offered mid-grade example represents an affordable alternative to what a higher-graded bat would command at auction. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36.9 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).
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