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    1961 Ty Cobb Single Signed Baseball. Extraordinary specimen is every bit the equal of the high-grade example that commanded $35,850 in our February 2015 New York Platinum Night auction, Cobb's favored green ink retaining the 9/10 boldness of its original application. The ball is dated below the Peach's autograph, and while the digit reporting the month is somewhat inscrutable, the reported year assures that the signing dates to the last months of Cobb's life. Most baseballs signed during this sad time have derived from medical staffers attending to the reigning Hit King's terminal illness, and we suspect such is the case here.

    The medium is an "Energized Center League Ball," a style we've seen more than once signed during the closing chapter of this remarkable life, suggesting that Cobb likely purchased a quantity at a local sporting goods store in order to fulfill the inevitable autograph requests from star-struck doctors and nurses. The ball is lightly and quite evenly toned throughout, supplying an attractive vintage patina. An elite specimen of one of the hobby's most essential building blocks. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    May, 2015
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
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