Ty Cobb Handwritten & Signed Postcard 1950 Autograph Display. Great Content. PSA
The great Ty Cobb was an accommodating signer, despite stories abound of his cantankerous personality. While he may not have been the warmest, he was a baseball purist through and through, and that love for the game extended to its fans. Over the years, we have handled plenty of Cobb material, much of which features incredibly cordial correspondences with his fans. He is a member of our preferred list of baseball autographs, which also includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, and Sandy Koufax.
Of course, like any other Major Leaguer, Cobb had more time to sign autographs after retirement. As an original Hall of Famer in 1936, fans would ask him to sign at public events – perhaps while at the ballpark as a spectator to his beloved Detroit Tigers. But often, fans would write directly to The Georgia Peach, and Cobb was happy to oblige such requests. On this Government Postcard, Cobb is responding to a fan from New York who asked for a signed photograph. Postmarked from his home in Carson City, Nevada in 1950, the content perfectly juxtaposes the rough side of his personality as he kindly responds,
“Dear Claude: - So many requests for photos in past has long since exhausted my supply - you secure one and send to me will feel honored to comply.” Cobb then signed his name and dated the postcard, “Greenbrook, Nev. Aug-25-50”.
Government Postcards are one of the most popular areas of autograph collecting. In fact, this was the very first way collectors would seek their favorite players' autographs (aside from in person). A fan could simply write a self addressed postcard, and all the player had to do was sign his name and return it. However, not every example is as heartfelt as Cobb's response to this lucky fan, and Cobb even addressed the postcard himself. All the writing remains as dark and bold as the day he penned it, and of course, is featured in Cobb’s iconic green ink.
Comes with a Letter of Authenticity from PSA.