Mastro April 2006
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on:
Now ten years into his retirement, Ty Cobb penned this letter to Tiger owner Walter Briggs. The year was 1938, and this missive is squarely pertinent to the game. In its entirety, the letter reads,
"Dear Walter:- Now that the season is near its close and you will be free of baseball worries, I shall try to tell you how pleased and thrilled I was knowing of your thought and kindness in my behalf concerning the day you have in mind giving in my honor.
"I think the change of plans from this year to next was the best for you knew conditions etc. Naturally I shall be guided by your wishes as to date etc. I was sorry to see Detroit finish as they did, for I have always and always will have a deep feeling and interest in the success of the club I was identified with from a youth I might say until 40 years of age also the friends and acquaintances I was privileged to meet. Should you come this way at any time I would like to see you and if your plans did not bring you near me I would come to where you were. If I come east I surely will see you.
"I have been very happy after the many gruelling days in baseball with the travel, heat and being away from my family so much Oh! yes and the eternal competition and battle of the game.
"With every good wish to you I am, [signed] Sincerely Ty."
To our knowledge, Mr. Briggs never got around to staging this Ty Cobb Day, but it's the thought that counts. The letter, meanwhile, is a classic. Typically Cobbian in its free-handed punctuation, the two-pager is entirely in his penmanship, it's fluidly legible with not an overwritten error -- ultimately "9-10" throughout. From the collector's standpoint, this one is particularly impressive because it was penned on single sides, thus affording full, single-vantage display. The stationery bears Cobb's letterhead and we qualify its condition to report staple holes in the upper left, a small pencil notation (also in the upper left), and a stamp of receipt. With standard compacting folds, the medium is acceptably EX. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA and LOA from James Spence Authentication.
Ty Cobb Two-Page Handwritten Letter to Walter O. Briggs
Click above for larger image.