A spectacular action shot from the last World Series the Cubs would win for 108 years!
1908 Ty Cobb Slides Home in World Series Original Oversized
Photograph from The Ty Cobb Collection, PSA/DNA Type 1.
Extraordinary image finds the Georgia Peach sliding safely home in
the 1908 World Series, a Fall Classic that would swell in fame for
over a century as the victorious Chicago Cubs failed to return to
the sport's mountain top until 2016. Cobb scored only a single run
in the two Windy City contests, and this shot captures that moment
as he beats Cubs catcher Johnny Kling to the plate after tagging up
at third on an eighth inning sacrifice fly in Game Three. This
would prove to be the only Tigers victory.
Beyond the appeal of the spectacular action shot itself, and the supreme significance of the subject, this remarkable photograph is printed to 10x12" dimensions that are positively massive for the era, a tremendously expensive process at the time that would have been utilized only for very special occasions. And finally, of course, this photo was the personal keepsake of Ty Cobb himself.
The photo has been masterfully restored to an appearance bordering on NRMT, a few light bends apparent only at sharp angles to the light. We remind bidders that a considerably lesser specimen (lacking Cobb provenance, of course) sold for $18,000 a year ago. Back of photo is blank. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1. Letter of provenance from family of Cobb's former teammate.
More Information: The Ty Cobb Collection
Feared by most, but respected by all, Tyrus Raymond Cobb was the Machiavellian ideal of the early game, forging his Cooperstown bronze in the fires of natural ability and gritted teeth determination. Though Cobb’s staggering career hits tally of 4,191 was ultimately eclipsed, many batting records remain in the Georgia Peach’s sole possession to this day, most notably the .366 career batting average. As the number one man in Hall of Fame enshrinement and the sport’s most illustrious metric of offensive greatness, Cobb properly draws enormous attention whenever a significant relic from his life appears upon the auction block, but sadly this is far from a common occurrence.
Certainly the items contained within The Ty Cobb Collection represent the most important "find" related to the Georgia Peach in recent memory. They derive from the family of a fellow native of Cobb’s Royston, Georgia hometown, and a teammate on the local baseball club. As the story goes, Cobb and this man traveled together to Augusta, Georgia to try out for the Augusta A’s. The former made the team, and went on to become the greatest player of his era, while the latter missed the cut and pursued a career in medicine, ultimately opening a hospital in Royston in the mid-1920’s. Though their career paths diverged, their friendship remained solid through the passing decades, and Cobb was even a groomsman at the wedding of his friend’s son in 1949. It was Cobb who escorted the widow of his old friend down the aisle.
It was this close family friendship that made the family the owners of the extraordinary collection of Ty Cobb collectibles that populate the following pages. Each lot will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from the granddaughter of Cobb’s old teammate and close friend.
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