Fantastic photo showing Ty Cobb seating in a dugout with three men, 3.5×4.75, taken in Japan while Cobb was playing for the Daimai baseball team during a barnstorming tour. The photo has been boldly signed “Ty Cobb” above his image. Two of the Japanese men that Cobb is pictured with have also signed the photo, which retains great contrast & clarity.
Cobb, along with Bob Shawkey, headed a Major League barnstorming tour of Japan in the fall of 1928. The tour was for a series of twelve games against the Daimai ball club. We have only seen one other signed photo of Cobb from this little-known tour, which predates by just a few years the famous World Tours of the 1930s.
A true rarity!
The photo last appeared for sale via SCP Auctions in 2009. At that time, the photo was accompanied by a PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity – although we no longer have the letter, we guarantee the photo will still pass any inspection by a third party.