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1920s Ty Cobb Zinn Beck Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00
Addendum: Please note that in the printed catalog the MEARS grade is listed as A4. This is an error due to a simple worksheet addition error. The bat is exactly as described in the catalog and by MEARS but the points added and subtracted due to the attributes of the bat dictate that the MEARS grade is A2.
Manufactured by the Zinn Beck Bat Co. of Greenville, South Carolina, this professional model "300" bat has "Type Of Bat Used By Ty Cobb" stamped in block letters directly below the center brand. With the exception of the "a" in "Bat" and the "y" in "By," all of the manufacturer's stampings are deep and well defined, especially Cobb's name. Light use is evident along the entire length including, and most importantly, evidence of tape having been removed from the handle (the outline of the wrap pattern is still clearly visible). Cobb customarily taped the handles of his game bats and the evidence of tape removal is a player-specific characteristic consistent with the possible game use of this bat by Cobb. Bat manufacturer Zinn Bertram Beck spent parts of five years as a player in the Major Leagues before retiring in 1918 to become a professional bat maker, crafting bats for both major and minor league players. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, Zinn Beck's small shop made custom bats for many players, including Cobb. Presently, no evidence suggests that Zinn Beck bats (his was a small company) were ever available for sale to the general public (i.e., no known advertisements, catalogs, etc.). All of the existing side-written Zinn Beck bats match the precise specifications of other known game bats used by that respective player. That fact strongly suggests that all Zinn Beck bats were exclusively made to order for professional use only by the given player. Measuring 35 inches in length and weighing of 33.5 ounces, this bat's specifications fall within the acceptable range for Cobb game bats and the bat also features a hand-turned knob (indicating that special care was taken when custom-making this bat). However, all of the side-written pro-model Zinn Beck bats that are definitely known to have been game used are stamped either "Extra Special" or model "100," not "300," as is the case with this bat. That fact should be duly noted, but it does not preclude this bat's having been game used by Cobb. Graded A4 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 1 point for use, minus 4 points for being a "300" series bat; without additional provenance, Zinn Beck "300" model series bats lose 4 grading points due to the lack of documented factory records). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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