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Hunt Auctions sold an authentic Ty Cobb Hillerich & Bradsby baseball bat for a bid of $220,000 ($253,000 including buyer’s premium) July 10, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. The circa 1919-1922 bat comes from the family of Ty Cobb contemporary Eddie Onslow, the rookie to whom Cobb presented the bat during Cobb’s final year.
Coming with impeccable provenance, the lot includes the 34 1/2-inch game-used bat itself and two separate letters of provenance written by Ty Cobb himself as sent to Eddie Onslow. Further documentation includes letters of authenticity from Hunt Auctions (bat), John Taube PSA/DNA (bat), and James Spence Authentication of the autographs.
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