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    High-grade lumber from the first Hall of Famer

    1917-21 Ty Cobb Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. "A ball bat is a wondrous weapon," Cobb once reported, and arguably none in the sport's history have been as proficient in its use. Though Pete Rose famously knocked the Peach from his perch in 1985, it's only fair to report that Charlie Hustle recorded 14,053 at bats compared to Cobb's 11,434. Had the Hall of Fame's first inductee kept his average pace through another 2,600 at bats to match Rose's chances, he'd be the sole member of the 5,000 Hit Club. Cobb remains the career leader with a .366 batting average, a record as safe as any in American sport.

    Presented is a splendid example of Cobb's wondrous weapon, a signature model "dash-dot-dash" Hillerich & Bradsby that was produced during a five-season span of American League dominance. Only once during this half-decade did the Georgia Peach finish the season below the .380 mark, claiming three batting titles along with a slew of Junior Circuit-topping stats for hits, doubles, triples and base thefts. In the final year of the bat's potential production range, Cobb joined Adrian "Cap" Anson, Honus Wagner and Napoleon Lajoie as the fourth member of the 3,000 Hit Club.

    Game use is assessed as "excellent" and "heavy" by PSA/DNA and MEARS respectively, who reference a wide array of ball marks, stitch impressions and divots inflicted by knocking dirt from the grip of Cobb's notorious spikes, a key trait apparent on his top-tier gamers. The handle, particularly thick in the classic Dead Ball style, remains uncracked. Length is thirty-five inches (35"), weight thirty-nine ounces (39 oz.).

    While any bat consecrated by the hands of the Hall of Fame's first resident carries enormous collecting appeal, those dating to this important transitional period of our National Pastime should be particularly tempting to true students of baseball history. As the Dead Ball Era slowly gave way to the high-flying antics of Babe Ruth and the long ball, Cobb served as the most faithful guardian of tradition, bravely fighting what would prove to be a losing battle. This weapon that defended the walls of Cobb's personal Alamo is ennobled in defeat. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8. LOA from MEARS, A8.

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