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    1908 Ty Cobb Oversized World Series Action Mounted Original Photograph from The Ty Cobb Collection.

    UPDATE: Photo has lifted slightly off mount, leaving an exposed area on reverse, making PSA/DNA Type 1 designation possible (standard PSA/DNA policy disallows grading of mounted photographs).

    The most famous action photo of the Dead Ball era was captured by the esteemed Charles Conlon at New York's Hilltop Park, an image that recently commanded a quarter-million dollars in a well-publicized 2019 private sale. A virtually identical example of the image listed here, but at a considerably abridged 8x10" format, commanded $18,000 at auction earlier this year. So those looking for evidence of the supreme desirability of Cobb action shots don't have to look too hard to find them.

    This one ups the ante in two noteworthy ways. First, the image area of this mounted first-generation image is extraordinarily large for any produced over a century ago, a commanding 9.25x14". Clearly this deviation from the norm is directly related to the image's second exciting attribute--original ownership by the man who barrels across the plate safely in a cloud of dust and ambition. Such an expensive image would only be produced for a special reason.

    The shot dates to October 12, 1908, two days short of the start of the Chicago Cubs 108-year World Championship drought. The fleet-footed Peach beats the throw on a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth as Cubs catcher Johnny Kling looks on helplessly, the ball gripped in his throwing hand. Hall of fame umpire Hank O'Day signals safe at far left. We're virtually certain the fourth closest man to the camera is Hall of Fame manager Hughie Jennings. Note that the ball, the plate, and part of Cobb's jersey have been enhanced in period white ink. Condition is less than perfect, with a torn bottom edge, scattered creasing and a lower left corner lost, but such concerns fade in the context of the tremendous quality and significance of the image.

    This remarkable piece is part of a collection of Cobb's personally owned items gifted to an old teammate that we have been selling since August of last year. Various other items appear in this sale and our Permanent Auction Archives. Letter of provenance from family of Cobb's former teammate. LOA from Heritage Auctions. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2020
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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