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George Wright Signed Autograph Album Page

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,880

Album sheet, removed from the legendary autograph album compiled by Dr. John O'Meara in the 1930s, signed by Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright. (The original near-complete album is also offered in this auction; please see the lot description for full details.) Like a number of players who signed O'Meara's album, Wright has ideally added biographical data below his signature: "George Wright - Short Stop - Champion Providence B.B.C. - 1879 - 1933 Age 86." Both the signature and text have been scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9" overall. It is interesting to note that it appears that Wright originally inscribed this sheet in pencil and then later went over his writing in ink at the request of the O'Meara, as a few hints of the original pencil notations can be seen upon extremely close examination in some areas. We know, as evidenced by the many letters of correspondence between the two, that O'Meara and Wright were friends, which is not surprising given their mutual interest in baseball and their close proximity. O'Meara lived in Providence, Rhode Island, while Wright resided in Boston, Massachusetts. George Wright was one of the dominant baseball figures of the nineteenth century. Considered baseball's first "superstar," Wright was the top player on the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team, and later starred with Boston's entry in both the National Association and National League, leading the two clubs to a combined six pennants in seven years. As noted on the sheet, he joined Providence in 1879, where he once again enjoyed another National League championship. He retired in 1882 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937, the year of his death. The page (5.5 x 4.5 inches) has been neatly removed from the original album and is in Near Mint condition. This is a simply spectacular rare signature example of one of the greatest and most important early stars of the game. Encapsulated by Beckett Grading Services in conjunction with James Spence Authentication. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,880

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