This is quite an unusual item to find on an auction site, but it does include a signature. In 1948, Detroit Tiger legend Ty Cobb, who had already retired from baseball for just over twenty years at the time, apparently needed to do some of his laundry in time for the Christmas holidays. He spent $ 5.82 on the service.
Heritage Auctions has the signed check that was made payable to a Chinese laundromat on Christmas Eve that year. In addition to the check framed in a leather wallet, the item includes a photo of Cobb in action wearing his Detroit Tigers jersey and there is also an engraved plaque displaying some highlights and stats from his Hall of Fame career during Major League Baseball’s “dead ball”. ” time.
The indicative value or estimate of the item is $ 1,000 or more. On Tuesday morning December 14, the item cost $ 775. The auction will end on Saturday December 18.
And it looks like Cobb’s signed checks are something people like to hang on to. In March 2020, Heritage Auctions auctioned off another personal check signed by Cobb from 1948. This was turned over to a hotel in July of that year and auctioned for $ 775. Again, it is probably the signature on the checks that is the draw.
Ty Cobb, real name Tyrus Raymond Cobb, was born in Georgia in 1886 and helped it earn the nickname “The Georgia Peach”. He spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, starting in 1905 with a $ 1,500 contract. During that time, he set around 90 baseball records, some of which are still in place. With a combined total of 4,065 runs scored and RBIs, it is still the highest number ever recorded by a major league player. He still holds the highest career batting average at 0.366) and the most career batting titles at 11 or 12 (depending on source).
He retired in 1928, ending the last two years of his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. Cobb is considered by many baseball historians and journalists to be the best player of the “deadball” era, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Unbreakable sporting records and the athletes who set them
There are just such incredible sporting records that another athlete is unlikely to even approach them.