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There have been lots of Ty Cobb personal items on the market over the years, with most originating from the Hall of Famer's biographer, Al Stump. Some of the items that Stump (now deceased) sold decades ago were real, while many were fabrications and not authentic. Stump sold most of the real material early on (1970s) and when he ran out of good stuff, began selling the fabrications. Most seen on the market today were sold during the 1980s. This robe is one of the real items that came from Stump and was purchased by a collector during the 1970s. How do we know it is definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, real? One look at the photo that accompanies this item shows that Cobb is indeed wearing this very robe. The dot pattern (similar to a fingerprint) is unique and identical. The embroidery is also unique and identical. THIS IS THE EXACT ROBE THAT COBB IS WEARING IN THE PHOTO, which appears to have been taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s, shortly before Cobb's death. There is an Abercrombie & Fitch tag in the collar. Yellow silk with black dot pattern. Inner lining is black silk. "TRC" with crossed baseball bats embroidered on the left breast. Shows use but has no rips, tears or holes. Comes with the original sash and, of course, the aforementioned photo. Cobb - nicknamed "The Georgia Peach" was a member of the Hall of Fame's inaugural class and was one of the game's indelible characters. One of the most prolific hitters ever to enter the batter's box, Cobb set 90 records, including 11 batting titles and .367 lifetime average. As formidable as his talent was on the diamond, he was simultaneously known for his surly temperament and ultra-aggressive style of play that his detractors claim bordered on dirty. Regardless, more than half a century after his death, Cobb remains baseball royalty.
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