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    One of the most recognizable images of the Georgia Peach!

    Circa 1907 Ty Cobb Original Photograph from The Ty Cobb Collection, PSA/DNA Type 1--Image Used for T206 (Bat Off Shoulder). It's been two years since Heritage Auctions made hobby headlines with a $396,000 result for the portrait photograph by Carl Horner that was reproduced for the Green and Red Background portrait examples of Ty Cobb's T206 entries, likewise deriving from Cobb's personal collection. While the original photograph market has been on a steady rise for quite a few years, those images reproduced in trading card format have risen quite dramatically to the top in recent days, so we expect a great deal of competition for this remarkable specimen.

    It's the first time we've encountered the offered image in its natural state, a period Type 1 original that was utilized to create the "Bat Off Shoulder" variation of Cobb's four entries in the hobby's most celebrated tobacco issue. The sepia-toned beauty is printed at the approximate dimensions of a postcard (5x3.25") and dates to the beginning of the Georgia Peach's consecutive seasons as American League batting champion.

    This image provides a marvelous context that the T206 it spawned does not, notably the outline of a baseball diamond behind him and a short shadow of the subject that tells us the sun was high in the sky when the photographer went about his work. Left edge is trimmed slightly unevenly, but otherwise there is really nothing to mention in a condition report. Back is blank. A magnificent and important rarity of elite quality, direct from the personal collection of the first Baseball Hall of Famer. Encapsulated by 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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 33
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