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What’s a Ty Cobb Signed Baseball Autograph Really Worth?


So, how much is that Ty Cobb signed baseball worth? The value, you ask? It all depends, really. If you have a Ty Cobb autographed baseball, consider yourself pretty fortunate. However, don’t assume that you just won the lottery either. Values of Cobb signed baseballs can literally span $1,000-$10,000 and up. When it comes to evaluating a Cobb autographed baseball, there are several factors involved. If you are looking to sell your Ty Cobb signed item, please continue reading below. We’ve listed a few here for you, in order of importance:

Strength of the signature.

This is definitely the most important factor. A gorgeous ball that is perfectly white, but yields a faint signature is remains lower on the value scale. Take a look at the two below:

Ty Cobb Signed Baseball. Inscriptions do lower the value.

ty cobb autographed baseball

Ty Cobb Autographed Baseball

Notice any differences? I am pretty sure you can guess which ball is much more valuable than the other. As you can imagine, the value of a Ty Cobb signed baseball can vary quite a bit. Signed baseballs that have inscriptions, such as “To Gordon…” do lower the value.


Condition of the baseball.

A stunning Cobb signature graced with a backdrop of a ball similar to that in The Sandlot, and you’re not in the same league (sorry for the pun) as one which has a crisp, white creamy surface. What you really want is the best of both worlds – signature strength and the condition of the ball. The value, or worth of a Ty Cobb autographed baseball comprises many variables. But what if you don’t have a baseball but perhaps a Cobb signed letter or autograph. Here is an example of I am talking about:

Ty Cobb Autographed Letter

Ty Cobb Signed Letter

Ty Cobb Signed Letter – Sold through Imperial Sports auctions in 2011.

Ty Cobb Signed Letter.

A Cobb signature, signed letter or other piece of memorabilia is always in great demand. Letters like the one above can vary anywhere from $500-$1,000 or more.

Back to signed baseballs…

Ty Cobb Autographed Baseball Value.  In general, most collectors of vintage signed baseballs prefer one that has a “sweet spot” autograph. In other words, the signature will be located where the seems are the closest together (see images above). Cobb single signed baseballs that are not autographed on the sweet spot are the anomaly here. The vast majority have Cobb on the coveted sweet spot, so this is typically a non-issue.

In closing, Ty Cobb signed baseballs and all Cobb autographed memorabilia, will always remain in high demand. Make no mistake, Cobb signatures are not particularly rare, especially within the scope of vintage baseball autographs. We get at least one call and email a week with someone who has a Ty Cobb signed item, but in some cases, the owners perception of value is not realistic with market conditions. The value of Cobb signatures are very easy to pinpoint a value because dozens of them come up for sale throughout the year.
We base our values on pieces that have sold, not on what someone is asking for an item. We can scour Amazon or even eBay and find several people and dealers asking some pretty unreasonable prices. However, these items are not necessarily being sold at those same high asking prices.

Are You Looking to Sell your Ty Cobb Memorabilia?

Do you own a Ty Cobb autographed baseball or other Ty Cobb signature item, or perhaps a sports card or photograph?  Drop us a line or better yet email us some images of your item and we’ll get back in touch with you with an accurate appraisal of your Cobb signed ball or autographed item. Find out the value of your Ty Cobb Memorabilia today!  No questions asked and no obligation required – we look forward to hearing from you.


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