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    Cobb's personal print of one of his most famous photos!

    Circa 1912 Ty Cobb Original News Photograph by William Kuenzel from The Ty Cobb Collection, PSA/DNA Type 1. It's not just one of the most famous photographs of Ty Cobb, but one of the most famous baseball photographs, period. We've loved this shot of the Georgia Peach making the turn for home since the first time we saw it, and that opinion is virtually unanimous throughout the hobby.

    There's little need to go into the history of the subject, one of American sports' most decorated figures and the original owner of this 10x8" photo, so we should discuss the man on the other side of the camera for a moment. William Kuenzel was just seventeen years old when he shot the 1901 Opening Day game at Detroit's Bennett Park, documenting the birth of the American League and its Motor City representative specifically. He'd continue on to cover every Detroit home opener for more than half a century, and probably shot Cobb more than any other photographer on the planet.

    Even more famous than this image is Kuenzel's photo of Cobb sliding into third as Frank "Home Run" Baker attempted to lay down the tag--Cobb used that image to prove he had not spiked Baker, as Philadelphia journalists had falsely alleged. You can find that image and Cobb's letter making his case in our Permanent Auction Archives, Lot 80029 of our August 2012 Platinum Night sale. We've sold a few examples of that Cobb/Baker photo, but this is the very first time we've had the privilege to offer this one.

    A small degree of restoration has been so masterfully rendered that we can't quite spot where it is, but the conservator's letter will attend. Left corners are chipped. Blank back. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Type 1. Letter of provenance from family of Cobb's former teammate. Conservation documentation.

    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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    Auction Dates
    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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