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Item 8375 - Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker Signed and Encapsulated Photograph - PSA/DNA Catalog 542 (Feb 2019)

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Outstanding glossy 10 x 8 photo of Speaker and Cobb flanking Babe Ruth with all three holding baseball bats, signed very boldly ("9/10") in black fountain pen, "Best wishes, Ty Cobb" and "Best wishes, Tris Speaker." Reverse bears the credit stamp of photographer Herbert Rebman. In superb Near Mint overall condition, with unobtrusive scattered creasing. Desirable and seldom seen pairing of the two key co-conspirators of a gambling/fix also from 1919. Public knowledge of the fix was not known till 1926 when letters by Cobb and Joe Wood each revealed the gambling incident. No one believed that either competitor would ever throw a game despite evidence of gambling on baseball and thus no punishment was ever handed down. However, rumor was that Ban Johnson blackmailed both players into quitting following the 1928 season in lieu of trying to enforce a lifetime ban. Finding any piece with their autographs together is gratifying, but pairing them on a photo is phenomenal and historically significant. Encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder.

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