Ty Cobb Disses Babe Ruth in Letter

Posted August 24th, 2011 by Tom Owens and filed in Babe Ruth, Nate Sanders Autographs, Ty Cobb
Did Upper Deck know that Cobb would
want top billing against Ruth?

I troll the Internet weekly, seeking examples of vintage baseball correspondence. I find few.

Is that because letters from baseball players aren’t collectible? Hardly. I feel it stems from a truly small supply. Few letters survived.

I was tickled to see a Ty Cobb letter to a licensing agent. Cobb was concerned about the acclaim Babe Ruth received. Even after he retired from baseball, Cobb’s ego still competed.

Cheers to Nate Sanders Autographs for showcasing this jewel of baseball history. Bidding had topped $3,000 the last time I checked. The moral? Letters matter. And not just for historians. Price guides may not exist for one-of-a-kind finds, but that doesn’t mean hobbyists wouldn’t welcome such revelations in their own collections.

One Response to “Ty Cobb Disses Babe Ruth in Letter”

  1. Anonymous says:

    My wife has a letter from Ty Cob to her, and in it he writes of sliding, spikling , tactics for hitting W. Johnson, and sports writers. Wonder what its worth? Bob Warne

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