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Baseball Hall of Fame Black-and-White Signed Postcard Collection Including Lajoie and Hornsby (10)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $6,462.50

Signed Baseball Hall of Fame black-and-white postcards have always been held in high esteem by collectors. Offered here is a phenomenal collection of ten black-and-white Hall of Fame postcards signed by the following players: Napoleon Lajoie (signed twice, Vg-Ex), Rogers Hornsby (dated "1962" on the front, Vg-Ex with surface paper loss on the reverse), Clark Griffith (Vg-Ex, light toning and tape remnants on the reverse from having once been mounted. The name of a former owner is also stamped on the reverse), Ed Walsh (Vg, light toning and a few minor corner creases), Fred Clarke (Vg-Ex, slight toning and corner wear), Sam Crawford (signed twice, Vg-Ex, slight toning and adhesive residue on the reverse from having once been mounted), Gabby Hartnett (Ex), William McKechnie (Vg-Ex), Elmer Flick (Ex), and George Sisler (Ex). Each card has been signed by the respective player along the base with the exception of Flick (signed at top). Both Lajoie and Crawford, in addition to signing the front, have added inscriptions on the reverse. Lajoie, as was his custom when signing these cards, has dated the front of the card "4-8-52." On the reverse he has added: "Best of luck to you. Larry Lajoie 4-8-52." Crawford's inscription reads "Nov 9-61 To Bill - With all good wishes Wahoo Sam." Both Griffith and Hartnett have personalized their cards along the top border. All of the signatures have been scripted in either blue or black ink, with the exception of Crawford's (green ink), and grade "9/10" overall. Ideally, both in terms of presentation and preservation, all of the postcards have been individually encapsulated and labeled “Authentic” by SGC (in conjunction with James Spence Authentication). Signed examples of these postcards are not only rare but also very limited in terms of potentially available players. Hall of Fame black-and-white postcards were only produced during the seventeen-year period 1947 to 1963. During that span, postcards for ninety-four Hall of Fame members were issued, including many players who were elected posthumously. Of the ninety-four black-and white postcards issued, only fifty were produced during the lifetime of the respective Hall of Fame player. Thus, a complete collection of signed Hall of Fame black-and-white postcards numbers only fifty. Today, Bob Feller is the only living Hall of Fame player that can be found on a Hall of Fame black-and-white postcard. The offered collection, which includes many particularly rare signatures to find in this extremely desirable form, represents twenty percent of all possible black-and-white Hall of Fame postcards in the set. This is a tremendous high quality group, rarely found in such a significant offering, all originating from one of the hobby's great old-time collections, and all the more noteworthy in that all have been individually incapsulated by SGC. The SMR value on this collection is $8,850. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 10 signed postcards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $6,462.50

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