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Multiplayer Signature Sheet with Seven Hall of Famers Including Ty Cobb and Cy Young and Other Rarities
Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $3,525.00
Offered here is one of the most amazing and enigmatic vintage signature displays we have ever come across. This small sheet (2.75 x 4.5 inches), which appears to date from the early 1900s, bears the black fountain pen signatures of the following thirteen former players: Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, Frank Baker, Fred Clarke, Joe Wood, Steve Yerkes, J. B. Freeman, George Paskert, Nick Altrock, and Fred Tenney. All of the signatures grade a perfect "10" with the exception of Tenney ("8/9"). While the "star" power represented here makes this card an exceptional discovery, advanced autograph collectors are probably already aware that the other six non-Hall-of-Fame signatures featured on this sheet are also extremely rare and desirable. In fact, when we showed this card to James Spence, he seemed as excited about the signatures of Yerkes, Freeman, Paskert, and Tenney as he did with those of Cobb, Young, Wagner, and Clarke. Based upon the respective playing/managing careers of the players represented here, this card was probably signed sometime around 1911. When pieces such as this are discovered they present something of a mystery. Where and when was it signed? Was this simply an autograph sheet put together over time, or were all of these players present together at a special event? Unfortunately, we will never know the answer to those questions, but further examination of the piece only serves to underscore the mystery. This sheet came to us mounted upon a piece of black cardboard, but during the cataloging process we realized that it was only adhered to its mount by means of a small, curled label in the center. It was very easy to remove the sheet from the mount, at which time it was revealed that the "sheet" is actually the reverse of a snapshot photo. The photo, which also appears to date from the early 1900s, pictures a small boy sitting by a lake, with a woman (perhaps his mother) pictured in the background. Was this boy the son of, or was he related to, one of the signers? If so, was this signed photo meant to be a keepsake for him when he got older? If not, why would someone use the back of a family photo to obtain these signatures? It certainly is an odd venue to find signatures of this importance. We offer no answers to the questions posed by this piece, but nonetheless, we can't help being intrigued by it. The photo is in Excellent condition and is accompanied by the slightly larger black cardboard mount to which it was originally attached. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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