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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have a baseball signed by ty cobb How much is it worth, My

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I have a baseball signed by ty cobb How much is it worth
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: My grandmother was a nurse at emory hospital in Atlanta. Ty cobb was admitted their and signed the baseball 2 weeks before he died. It is dated & signed to me
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: It says To Al from Ty Cobb and has a date on it. The ball is in a safe deposit box so I dont know exact date
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 7 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques and art collector as well as dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you. Please know I do not send pop-ups. Thoughtful responses take time.

What is the date?


Was it ever used in a game? If so, which one?

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 7 months ago.
The ball was never used. It has always been wrapped in paper. Condition is perfect. I need to go to the bank and look in safe deposit box for date it was 2weeks before he died
Expert:  Doris replied 7 months ago.

When did he die?

Expert:  Doris replied 7 months ago.


Customer: replied 7 months ago.
July 17, 1962
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Expert:  Doris replied 7 months ago.

My research indicates that the estimated retail value of your signed Ty Cobb baseball would be $13,000-15,000 assuming it has been certified. Although you know it is genuine, a collector will want to have certification from an independent service as proof.

This is one such service that is nationally recognized.

Certification of Baseballs

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 20% more than retail values.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Expert:  Doris replied 7 months ago.

You are welcome.

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Expert:  Doris replied 7 months ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Kind regards,