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1902 Henry Chadwick Signed Cabinet Card To His Daughter
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $18,400.00
Cabinet-style photo (5.25 x 7.5 inches) of Henry Chadwick is signed and inscribed in ink on the mount, to his daughter, Helen, as follows: "To my darling Helen from her loving father Henry Chadwick" ("8"). Chadwick has added the date and occasion "Easter 1902" in the lower left. The photo of Chadwick is a printed half-tone image, possibly cut from a publication, mounted on a cabinet-style photographer's mount by Chadwick. Several similarly constructed cabinet-style photographs of Chadwick are known, which were also presented by Chadwick as gifts to friends and relatives. On the reverse is mounted an article entitled "Father Chadwick's Half Century of Journalism," written in honor of Chadwick's 50th anniversary as a baseball journalist. Above the article, Chadwick has written in small print "Scrap from League Article." Below the article, Chadwick has added an additional message to his daughter, which reads: "Father of Baseball, but father first to his loving family - My darling Helen. The cabinet card mount has a chip in the upper right corner, and is otherwise in Excellent condition. A small tear in the lower left of mounted picture, in the white of the border only, is mentioned for the sake of accuracy, and obviously occurred before the photo was mounted. The photo is credited to the "Studio of Frank Pearsall, Brooklyn, N.Y." The signature and salutation are bold and clear, grading an "8" on a scale of "1 to 10." The reverse notations are perfectly legible but slightly lesser in grade than the writing on the obverse, grading a "6/ 7" on a scale of "1 to 10." This is a simply amazing signed cabinet-style card of Henry Chadwick, with an extraordinary and unique inscription by "The Father of Baseball," to his daughter, with reference, in Chadwick's own hand, to his being the "Father of Baseball, but father first to his loving family." LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $18,400.00
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