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Willard Brown Signed Index Card

Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $1,645.00

Unlined index card signed in blue ink (grading “9/10”) by Hall of Fame outfielder and former Negro League star Willard Brown (1915-1996). Willard Brown enjoyed the reputation as one of the most feared sluggers in Negro League history. Perhaps the greatest testament to his hitting prowess is the fact that Josh Gibson himself bestowed Brown with the nickname “Home Run.” Brown starred with the Monarchs for fourteen seasons between the years 1935 and 1951 (he missed time due to military service, and one year was spent in the Mexican League), leading the club to six pennants. In 1947 Brown followed in the footsteps of Jackie Robinson and briefly joined the St. Louis Browns. Although he only played in twenty-one games, he became the first black player to hit a home run in the American League. He later returned to the Negro Leagues and then finished his career in the minors, playing with a number of clubs in the Texas League. Brown was one of seventeen Negro League players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 by special election, ten years after his death. His signature is particularly rare. This is an ideal example in an extremely desirable form. The card (5 x 3) is in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $1,645.00

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