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Circa 1935 Mordecai Brown Signed Business Card
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $2,115.00
Texaco business card signed in blue fountain pen by Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown. The front of the fold-over style business card features Brown's printed name (including his famous "Three Finger" nickname) and has been signed by him directly below ("9"). This card was almost certainly signed during the mid 1930s, at which time Brown was the proprietor of a Texaco service station in Terre Haute, Indiana. What is all the more interesting about the card is that the text on the interior (the fold-over style allows the card to open like a two page book) makes prominent note of his former Cubs teammates, the famed double-play trio of Tinker to Evers to Chance. Brown promotes his station on the interior of the card by stating "You are cordially invited to visit my Super-Service Station, where the combination of Fire-Chief Gasoline, Havoline Motor Oil Waxfree and Marfak Lubrication is just as fast as the old combination of TINKER to EVERS to CHANCE." Mordecai Brown, of course, was one of the finest pitchers of his era, leading the Cubs to four pennants and two World Championships between the years 1904 and 1912. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1949, one year after his death. The business card (3.75 x 2.25 inches) displays toning on both the front and back, light surface wear, and tears and paper loss to the reverse. Technically in Good condition; however, nearly all of the defects are along the reverse and do not detract from its extraordinary display value. This is a fascinating example of a rare Hall of Fame signature consigned from the personal collection of one of the most legendary early autograph collectors in the field. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $2,115.00
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