A baseball bat used by Ty Cobb early in his baseball career has just been sold at an auction for over $1 Million. The Hillerich & Bradsby C28 bat sold for $1,074,544 through Grey Flannel Auctions on Sunday, November 13. Inducted to the first-ever Hall of Fame class in 1936, Cobb is considered one of the best baseball players of all time. This bat was described as the “earliest known and best in existence” by the auctioneer’s website.
The bat was authenticated and graded by PSA/DNA as a GU 10, the highest rating ever awarded by them. It carries Cobbs’ name burned into the barrel and also features a number of cleat marks. Cobb’s bat is one of the few bats to ever sell for over $1 Million. The highest price ever paid for a bat is $1.26 Million. That bat belonged to Babe Ruth, and was used to hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium in April 1923.
Cobb’s memorabilia is highly sought after by collectors, with the most unusual item ever sold being his dentures which sold for $18,840 through SCP Auctions in September this year. It is interesting to see how sports memorabilia is valued, and its consistent presence in the collectibles realm. It seems like the definition of memorabilia can be very expansive, including almost any items related to a particular athlete. How much would you pay for your favorite baseball player’s bat?