His personality was different than Babe Ruth but Ty Cobb autographs are in almost as much demand as those of the Bambino.
Cobb started his career earlier than Ruth and lived longer. He was a willing signer despite a general impression that he could be surly and difficult in baseball and in business. Cobb definitely had a soft side when it came to fans after his playing days.
He signed a wide variety of items, from baseballs to photos, to letters and postcards. His stature in the game and his place in history as the first man elected to the Hall of Fame keep collectors busy scouring the internet, auction catalogs and shows for authentic Cobb autographs.
His family hauled thousands of Cobb signed checks out and gave them away in exchange for a donation to his foundation.
Yet demand is still strong and prices continue to rise. Long-time collector Ron Keurajian writes about what to look for…and look out for…when it comes to Cobb autographs.