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1921-1928 Ty Cobb Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $38,188
Ty Cobb H&B signature-model bat (predating model numbers) dating from 1921 to 1928. The 1920s were a highly productive decade for the famed "Georgia Peach." Just as he had done in each of his previous fifteen full seasons, Cobb batted over .300 every season between the years 1921 and 1928, including .401 in 1922. (Incredibly, Cobb lost the batting title to George Sisler and his .420 average.) While the label style of this bat at a glance identifies it as dating from the general 1921-1931 manufacturing period, the fact that Cobb retired in 1928 (and did not play professionally after that time) allows for a slightly more narrow dating span of 1921-1928. This is a tremendous Cobb bat with numerous extremely desirable Cobb traits. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including both stitch and cleat marks, and adhesive residue on the handle resulting from the removal of tape. Light grain separation is also evident on the back of the barrel. A tiny, thin gouge on the front of the barrel affects the "T" in Ty Cobb's stamped facsimile signature. The fact that this bat displays both cleat marks and evidence of tape removal on the handle is particularly ideal, as both are key traits found on almost all Ty Cobb pro-model bats. Cobb never liked pine tar and so he typically wrapped his handles with a layer of black tape. Although the tape has long since been removed from this bat, the pattern of its application is clearly discernible by the six-inch long area of black adhesive residue that begins seven inches above the knob. This bat dates from the time during Cobb's career when, in addition to being one of the game's greatest stars, he was also manager of the Tigers. After surviving a brief scandal in 1926, in which he was accused of "throwing" a game seven years prior in 1919, Cobb decided to spend his final years as a member of Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's. Cobb joined the A's in 1927 and compiled averages of .357 and .323, respectively, during his final two seasons, proving that, even at the age of forty, he still had few peers at the plate. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 39.8 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use, but minus a half point each for the tiny gouge in his stamped facsimile signature and the removal of the tape). It should be noted that of the fifty-two Ty Cobb pro-model bats graded by MEARS only twenty-four are graded A7 or higher, thereby ranking this particular example within the top forty-six percent of all graded Cobb bats listed in the MEARS census. It should also be understood that no bat can achieve a grade higher than A8 (which this bat did achieve prior to losing two half-points) unless accompanied by added provenance. This is a tremendous Ty Cobb bat dating from his final years as baseball's greatest hitter. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $38,188
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