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    1915 Ty Cobb "War Club" Presented to Edward F. Kepner. The provenance assigning use to the Georgia Peach dates back nearly a century, first to the April 27, 1940 edition of The Indianapolis Star newspaper that pictures a gentleman named Edward Kepner holding the uniquely crafted lumber above a caption reading "Ty's War Club in Holiday Fair." And, tracking back even further, a clearly ancient mailing label remains affixed to the top of the barrel (held in place and protected by a modern application of clear tape) that bears the address, "E.F. Kepner c/o Y.M.C.A. Assoc., Indianapolis, IND." A fraction of the return address clearly states "Detroit" among the text.

    In the interest of full disclosure, we must note that while the experts at PSA/DNA find clear evidence of use and proper vintage for this hefty "ring bat," the thirty-five and a half inches of length does not match known factory records for Cobb, and typical characteristics such as tobacco juice residue and cleat marks on the upper barrel are absent. The bat is free of any maker's marks. The experts postulate that this was a bat with which Cobb experimented briefly before deciding that it was not quite suited to him, thus making a gift of it rather than simply discarding it in the trash. But we note, for full disclosure, that PSA/DNA concludes, "It is our opinion the bat is authentic and was presented to Edward Kepner by Ty Cobb in 1915. Game use by Cobb cannot be confirmed." Nonetheless, the ownership by the Dead Ball Era's greatest hitter, and the fine, early provenance, carries tremendous collecting appeal and should still draw the attention of advanced bat collectors. LOA from PSA/DNA. Period provenance as listed above.

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