Love of the Game Spring, 2014 Auction - Closes Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Occasionally, some diligent detective work and a keen eye result in an exceptional find.  Such is the case with this historically significant ticket stub, dated to September 11, 1928 - Ty Cobb's final game.

It started with the stub itself, in the possession of our consignor.  You'll note that the stub is dated "Tuesday, Sept. 11," without any associated year.  Deciphering the year required additional detective work, which our consignor began by narrowing the possible dates of issue to some time between 1923 (because it is a Yankee Stadium ticket, and the Stadium was not opened until 1923) and 1939 (because Jacob Ruppert's facsimile signature is on the ticket as club President, and Ruppert passed away in January of 1939).

Consulting the "perpetual calendar" would reveal that September 11 fell on a Tuesday just three times between 1923 and 1939.  The first, in 1923, can be ruled out because of text on the ticket itself that refers to the Revenue Acts of 1926 and 1928.  The ticket couldn't possibly refer to legislation that wasn't yet in place.

The second possible year was 1928.  The Yankees played that day at Yankee Stadium, against the Philadelphia Athletics.

The third possible year was 1934.  On September 11, 1934, the Yankees played an away game against the St. Louis Browns, at Sportsman's Park.

This means that the only possible day for which this ticket could have been produced was September 11, 1928.  In that late-season game, the Yankees had already won 91 games and led the division by 2.5 games over Connie Mack's A's.  Cobb, at the tail end of his career, hadn't gotten a base hit since September 3 (a pinch-hit double off Bump Hadley), and had largely been relegated to bench duties due to the success of the younger A's.  After Babe Ruth broke a tie with an 8th inning home run (his 49th of the season), the 41-year-old Cobb was brought in to pinch hit for third baseman Jimmy Dykes in the 9th, and popped out to short - an unceremonious end to a brilliant career.

This historically significant ticket was graded VG 3 by PSA, and offers outstanding eye appeal for the grade, some minor corner and edge wear barely visible, some chipping and edge wear on the reverse, and a small marking over the year "1928" on the ticket itself.  Locating a full ticket from this game would be extraordinarily difficult, and we have not encountered a ticket or stub from this game made available for public sale in our research.  This is an outstanding piece of important memorabilia, a ticket stub from the final major league game played by one of the greatest players ever to set foot on a professional ballfield.

1928 Yankee Stadium Ticket Stub - Ty Cobb's Final Game - only example graded!1928 Yankee Stadium Ticket Stub - Ty Cobb's Final Game - only example graded!
1928 Yankee Stadium Ticket Stub - Ty Cobb's Final Game - only example graded!
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Auction closed on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
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