When Cobb retired from the game of baseball in 1928 he held 90 major league records, most of these achieved with his bat. Most telling of his superiority is his .367 lifetime average. Accomplished over a 24-year career, it is a daunting mark that will likely never be approached. This bat was one of Cobb’s, used in the mid 1920’s. Of the very few Cobb game-used bats that have ever surfaced, this recently discovered example has been documented as one of the finest by the most renowned independent bat experts. The 34 1/2 in., 41-oz. H&B signature model bat is composed of white ash and features Cobb's facsimile signature stamped along the barrel. Most likely appearing just as it did when it last left Cobb’s hands, this bat displays all of his trademark customizations, including his unique wood treatment process. Cobb was known to "season" his bats with tobacco juice, a process by which Cobb would take a "wad of chew" and copiously apply the saliva/tobacco mix along the surface of the wood. This bat appears to have been treated in just that manner, as evidenced by the darkening of the wood on the barrel. Cobb's ultimate “thumbprint" is his customary spiral wrap of white tape along the handle. A number of cleat marks born from the work of Cobb cleaning his spikes can be found on the barrel. These distinctive characteristics are such that one can envision it wrapped in the calloused hands of Cobb while standing ready at the plate. With photograph of Ty Cobb practicing his swing. LOA: SCD Authentic (Grade A9), PSA/DNA.