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Ty Cobb spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, the last six as the team's player-manager, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1936 Cobb received the most votes of any player on the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, receiving 222 out of a possible 226 votes, even more than Babe Ruth who was inducted in the very same class. Cobb is widely credited with setting 90 MLB records during his career. He still holds several records as of the end of the 2016 season, including the highest career batting average (.366 or .367, depending on source) and most career batting titles with 11 (or 12, depending on source). He retained many other records for almost a half century or more, including most career hits until 1985 (4,189 or 4,191, depending on source), most career runs (2,245 or 2,246 depending on source) until 2001, most career games played (3,035) and at bats (11,429 or 11,434 depending on source) until 1974, and the modern record for most career stolen bases (892) until 1977. He still holds the career record for stealing home (54 times) and for stealing second base, third base, and home in succession (5 times), and as the youngest player ever to compile 4,000 hits and score 2,000 runs.

This lot features a Ty Cobb signed OAL baseball. Cobb is known to sign only the side panels of baseball's, so to find one with a signature on the sweet spot is a rare treasure. According to the letter of authentication by Steve Grad (Former head of PSA/DNA Authentication division) and Brian Sobrero at Beckett, there are a few additional signatures however, they are very faint and cannot be identified. The ball appears like a true single signed ball and can be displayed this was as well. The ink in the photograph above the Cobb signature on the adjacent panel is not from another autograph but rather from the stamp on the baseball, so it can be displayed as a single signed baseball. A multi-signed side panel Ty Cobb Baseball with clubhouse signatures nearly eclipsed $10,000 in our Spring Fever Auction and single signed side panel Ty Cobb baseballs have gone will in excess of $20,000. According to the current SMR price-guide a Ty Cobb single signed baseball is valued at $25,000. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer or another sweet spot signed Ty Cobb baseball that displays as a single and comes with such a strong black ink fountain pen signature that is sure to stand the test of time as this one is. A Beckett LOA accompanies the ball.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,072.33
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, July 30, 2017.
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