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1935 Ty Cobb Handwritten Letter

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,410

Two-page handwritten letter, dated July 23, 1935, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb. In the letter, written on his personal "Menlo Park" stationery, Cobb explains to a friend the current developments with regard to one of his real estate holdings. In part:

Dear Hatch: Since writing you I have received from McAuliffe advice that my house will be vacated in Sept. having had notice to that effect, so if you are interested you can see McAuliffe. I would much rather sell than rent and will entertain an offer much less than my house stands me, though not at any forced sale price. I think you will agree that I should not price my house to anyone at the price I would take as I don't want to cheapen the property...I stated in other letter that I would not want to change tenants at any price less than I mentioned in letter to you, that meant Mr. King had been there a long time had only a small family, and believe all adults, had paid promptly, and was to give up house if sale was made so I would not want to disturb King unless got a decent raise in rent. Now as King is leaving naturally house will be offered at less than I wrote you. Hope you understand why I explain. I am Respectfully - Ty Cobb.

Both the text and Cobb's signature, which features his trademark underlining flourish, are scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9." Cobb was well into his retirement from baseball at the time of this letter, but as clearly evidenced here, he was by no means struggling financially. In addition to numerous real-estate holdings, Cobb was also heavily invested in a number of major companies, most notably Coca-Cola, that reaped him millions of dollars over the course of his life. Just one year later, he would receive his highest honor by being named one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The letter (7 x 10 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds, as well as a few light surface wrinkles and two paper-clip impressions at the top of the first page. In Excellent condition overall. The pages have been matted and beautifully framed, together with a photo of Cobb (9.5 x 7.5 inches) and a descriptive plaque, to total dimensions of 32.5 x 18 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,410

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