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1954 Ty Cobb Handwritten Letter to Max Carey - "My Signature Will Never be of Value"
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,370
Two-page handwritten letter, dated 4/25/54, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb. In this interesting letter, scripted on his personal "Menlo Park, California" letterhead, Cobb writes to fellow Hall of Famer Max Carey and discusses the burden of responding to fan mail. In part: "My correspondence cannot be organized so some one else can handle the bulk, I have never been one to ruthlessly 'waste paper basket' letters, youngsters for instance seldom enclose addressed envelopes + stamped and there is a certain 'certain class' of smart boys who never, the blood runs true. I find it difficult to toss them aside, I use post cards a lot, stamp bills really amount to considerable, my signature will never be of value for they are not scarce, the balls, + pictures + books, re-wrapping which one must return, bothers so much, enough of this..." The second half of the letter concerns Cobb providing Carey with a list of important contacts he knows in Billings, Montana. (It is implied in the letter that Carey is either moving to Billings or will be traveling there soon.) In part: "Mickey Cochrane lives very close has a Dude Ranch, and of course Mickey has met many of the prominent people there. The most important is Bob Cobb, Pres. of Hollywood Baseball Club, he lived there many years and has many top men of Billings as his friend." It is signed "Sincerely, Ty Cobb." The postscript reads "Bob Cobb is a good friend of mine." Both the text and signature, written in Cobb's customary green ink, are boldly penned and grade "10." Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Cobb's hand (no return name or address), postmarked April 26, 1955. Each page of the letter (6.75 x 10 inches) is toned and displays two horizontal mailing folds; otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. The envelope (7.25 x 4 inches) is also toned and displays a few edge tears (Vg-Ex). Both the letter and envelope have been matted and framed together with a photo (8 x 6 inches) of Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth taken at an unspecified event during their retirement years. This is a particularly outstanding Cobb letter, with content relating to collecting, from one Hall of Famer to another. Total dimensions: 28 x 15 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,370
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