Fall Premier Auction 2013
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Manufactured by the Zinn Beck Bat Co. of Greenville, South Carolina, this professional model "100" bat has "Type Of Bat Used By Ty Cobb" stamped in block letters directly below the center brand. Heavy use is evident along its entire length including cleat marks, surface marks, grain swelling, and deadwood present throughout. Zinn Bertram Beck spent parts of five years as a player in the Major Leagues before retiring in 1918 to become a professional bat maker, crafting bats for both major and minor league players. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, Zinn Beck's small shop made custom bats for many players, including Ty Cobb. Presently, there is no evidence to suggest that Zinn Beck bats (his was a small company) were ever available for sale to the general public (i.e., no known advertisements, catalogs, etc.). All of the existing side-written Zinn Beck bats match the precise specifications of other known game bats used by that respective player. That fact strongly suggests that all Zinn Beck bats were made exclusively by custom order for professional use only by the given player. Measuring 35 inches in length and weighing of 36 ounces, this bat's specifications fall within the acceptable range for Cobb gamers and the bat also features a hand-turned knob (indicating that special care was taken when custom-making this bat). Reasearch conducted by MEARS has warranted the firm to conclude that this Zinn Beck 100 Diamond Ace professional model bat was used by Ty Cobb likely at the end of his Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics.
LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS.