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    1921-26 Ty Cobb Game Used Bat, MEARS A7.5. As the dead ball came to life, and the hard-slugging style of a youngster named Babe Ruth further catalyzed a shift toward a new offensive mindset in our National Pastime, it was Ty Cobb who stood as the standard bearer for the old guard. Cobb held tight to the wide-gripped, slashing style that had already established him as the most prolific hitter in history when this bat was shipped to him from Louisville, though he never forgave Ruth for steering the game from the path he had spent a decade and a half staking.

    We see Cobb's fidelity to the old way in the presented signature model Hillerich & Bradsby, so thick-handled that the taper from barrel to knob is barely apparent from one inch to the next. The sturdy construction pays dividends for today's collector, as such bats could survive many dozens of games without damage, the handle remaining uncracked to this day despite evidence of "heavy" use (as characterized by MEARS), with ball marks, stitch impressions, cleat marks and light grain checking. Length is thirty-four inches, weight a hefty thirty-eight ounces.

    The bat is assigned a grade only a half-point lower than the maximum allowable for lumber without additional provenance, that deduction due to the somewhat light barrel stamping, the fault of an H&B factory worker. Otherwise this is an unimprovable example of one of the most essential gamers in the hobby. LOA from MEARS, A7.5.

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