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1913 Philadelphia Athletics Signed Dinner Program with Eddie Plank!
Starting Bid - $2,000.00 , Sold For - $11,750.00
This extraordinary banquet program features the signatures of seventeen members of the 1913 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics, including the incredibly rare signature of Eddie Plank. The program is from a dinner given by the citizens of Philadelphia in honor of the 1913 World Champion A’s held at the Bellevue-Stratford on October 28, 1913. Featured on the three interior pages are, respectively, a team photo of the A’s, the dinner menu for the evening, and a complete roster of the club. While the program itself is a very rare souvenir, its interest for collectors centers upon the signatures contained within. Displayed on the rear interior cover are the signatures of the following seventeen members of the 1913 Philadelphia Athletics: Eddie Plank, Connie Mack, Frank Baker, Eddie Collins, Chief Bender, Herb Pennock, Jack Barry, Stuffy McInnis, Jimmy Walsh, Rube Oldring, Eddie Murphy, Carroll Brown, Joe Bush, Amos Strunk, Ira Thomas, Wally Schang, and Dan Murphy. Each signature has been boldly signed in pencil and grades “10.” The signature of Hall of Fame pitcher Eddie Plank is exceedingly rare due to the fact that he passed away in 1926 at the age of fifty-one. Today, few examples are known and even many of the most advanced collections are without one. Plank is without question one of the key Hall of Fame signature rarities. The example featured here is a new discovery, never before been seen in the collecting world. This piece originates directly from the family of John Gamble, the general manager of A. J. Reach & Company, one of the largest sporting-goods firms in the country during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This program, along with a small selection of other baseball items that are offered as a separate lot in this auction (all related to dinner events sponsored by the A's) were consigned directly by John Gamble's grandson. The A. J. Reach Company was based in Philadelphia and therefore had strong business ties to the A’s, so it is not surprising that Gamble attended this banquet ceremony. Gamble passed away in 1921, and a photo and biography of him are featured in the 1922 Reach Official American League Guide , which makes note that he was with the company for thirty-two years. This is an extraordinary find and one that is accompanied by a rare and significant provenance. The program (6.25 x 9 inches) displays a small tear along the base of the front cover (paper loss) and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $11,750.00
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