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Early Hall of Fame Cut-Signature Collection Including Cy Young (10)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,644
This collection of eleven different Hall of Fame cut-signature examples is especially notable for the fact that nearly all of the players represented here plied their trade during baseball's famed "dead ball" era. For display purposes, each cut has been mounted (by means of adhesive) and framed together with an example of the respective player's Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard. 1) Larry Lajoie. Black fountain-pen signature (grading "6") on an unlined card (3 x 5 inches). The date "3-17-50" is written (presumably in Lajoie's hand) in black fountain pen along the base. Ex; with a few light creases. Total dimensions: 15 x 10 inches. 2) Cy Young. Blue-ink signature ("10") on an unlined card (5.25 x 3.25 inches). Young has also added the date ("3/21-42") and the town name "Peoli, O." (Young lived in Peoli, Ohio, during his retirement) above and below his name, respectively. Ex-Mt. Together with the original mailing envelope, postmarked March 23, 1942 from Peoli, Ohio. Total dimensions: 12 x 16 inches. 3) Herb Pennock. Pencil signature ("7") on a small sheet of green paper (4.5 x 2 inches). Ex. Total dimensions: 9 x 12.75 inches. 4-5) Max Carey and Zach Wheat (both signatures on the same sheet). The signatures have been penned in black ink (Carey "8" and Wheat "7") on a portion of a restaurant check (3.5 x 2.5 inches). Vg; irregularly cut and light stains. Total dimensions: 17 x 9 inches. 6) Buck Leonard. Blue-ink signature ("10") on the front of his personal business card. Nr-Mt. Total dimensions: 13.25 x 8.5 inches. 7) Frank Frisch. Black-ink signature ("8") on an unlined card (5 x 3 inches). Frisch has written "The Old Flash" above his signature. Ex-Mt. Total dimensions: 15 x 10 inches. 8) Ed Walsh. Blue-ink signature ("10") on an unlined card (5 x 3 inches). Walsh has added "White Sox/Chicago" below his signature. Ex-Mt. Total dimensions: 9 x 14 inches. 9) Rabbit Maranville. Black fountain-pen signature ("8") on an unlined card (3.5 x 2 inches). Fr; heavy creases throughout and a corner chip. Total dimensions: 9 x 14 inches. 10) William Harridge. Black fountain-pen signature ("9") on a portion of a contract dated "Apr 15 1946" (3.5 x 2 inches). Ex-Mt. Total dimensions: 13.25 x 8.5 inches. 11) Tris Speaker. Blue-ink signature ("9") on an unlined card (5 x 2.5 inches). Vg; light adhesive residue in the lower left and right corners. Total dimensions: 9.25 x 14.25. Total: ten framed displays featuring eleven different Hall of Fame signature examples. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,644
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