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1940s Ty Cobb and Oscar Vitt Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320
Official National League (Frick) ball signed in black ink on a side panel by Ty Cobb and Oscar Vitt. Cobb's signature is the slightly stronger of the two, grading "7," while Vitt's signature grades "5/6." This ball dates to the 1943-1946 manufacturing period, a time when both men were completely out of baseball. Vitt, who had been coaching in the Pacific Coast League in 1941 and 1942, lived in California, as did Cobb, so it is possible that the two appeared together at some event during the 1940s. However, during their playing days together on the Tigers (1912-1918), the two were not friendly. During the off season, Vitt worked part time as a sports columnist for for a San Francisco paper. Following the 1913 season, Vitt wrote in his column that Cobb was not a team player and cared more about his individual statistics. Needless to say, those remarks did not please Cobb and it was reported that Cobb refused to speak with Vitt afterwards. While we have no idea if the two ever patched up their relationship, at least one fan was able to acquire their signatures together on a ball, making this an extremely rare dual-signed ball. The ball is moderately toned and displays a few heavy abrasions. In Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,320
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