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Lot # 961 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

John McGraw Signed Autograph Album Page

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,175

Album sheet, removed from the legendary autograph album compiled by Dr. John O'Meara in the 1930s, signed by Hall of Fame player/manager John McGraw. (The original near-complete album is also offered in this auction; please see the lot description for full details.) The blue-fountain pen signature, scripted ‘J. J. McGraw,’ grades ‘9’ and includes the date ‘2/15/34’ written below. The year was originally written as ‘33,’ but then a four was penned over the second ‘3,’ making the year ‘34.’ If this signature was indeed penned by McGraw on February 15, 1934, then it may represent one of the final autographs requests he ever honored. McGraw was terminally ill with cancer at the time and he passed away just ten days later, on February 25, 1934. McGraw, who was a star player in the 1890s with the legendary Baltimore Orioles, is considered one of the greatest managers in baseball history. Nicknamed the ‘Little Napoleon,’ McGraw led the Giants to ten pennants and three World Championships during his thirty-one year tenure with the club. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. The page (5.5 x 4.5 inches) has been neatly removed from the original album and is in Near Mint condition. Encapsulated by Beckett Grading Services in conjunction with James Spence Authentication. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+ SOLD FOR $1,175

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