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1951 Eddie Collins All-American Baseball's Greatest Team Award
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $4,060.00
This certificate awarded to Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics by the All American Board of Baseball is dated "December 4, 1951" and is signed by ten sports editors (one from each of the ten Major League cities), as well as Christy Walsh and Board Chairman "Connie Mack" ("8"). The certificate was presented in conjunction with the celebration of Connie Mack's "50 Years" in baseball, to honor "Baseball's Greatest Lineup." Similar certificates were issued annually to then-current players chosen as "all-stars" in the 1930s, when Babe Ruth was alive and served as Chairman. This presentation was not for current players, but for Mack's greatest team of all time (1900-1950). Other recipients included Cobb, Speaker, etc., the very same players as appear in the 1951 Topps "Connie Mack All Stars" set. Note: Both Ruth and Connie Mack were clients of Christy Walsh, who arranged for and oversaw these awards. Two of the ten sports editor signatures are light but are still legible. The certificate is laminated and mounted on a 3/4-inch wood plaque and appears to be as made. We believe this was exactly as plaques were presented, as opposed to the slightly larger dimensions of the current-player All-American certificates from earlier years which are not laminated on wood for display, though we cannot verify this with certainty, as this is the first example of the award presented to Connie Mack's "Baseball's Greatest Lineup" we have ever seen. Dimensions: 11.75 x 17.5 inches. Excellent condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $4,060.00
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