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1881 Alexander Cartwright Signed Document
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,527.50
One-page business invoice signed by Alexander Joy Cartwright, “Father of Modern Baseball.” Cartwright, who was one of the original key members of the New York Knickerbockers, is renowned for his contributions to the development of organized baseball and for having formulated many of the modern rules of baseball in 1845. His signature is extremely rare, though a handful of signed documents such as this have survived, all originating years ago from Cartwight's estate. Cartwright left New York in 1849 and headed west to claim his fortune during the California gold rush. Failing to strike it rich, he continued on to Hawaii, where he ultimately settled, having fallen in love with its tropical climate. The invoice, dated June 30, 1881, is for carpentry work completed by S. D. Burrows for a Mr. Manuel Pico. Cartwright, acting as an agent for Burrows, accepted payment for the work and noted the invoice, “Recd Payment – Alex J. Cartwright – Adm.” Both the inscription and signature have been penned in black fountain pen and grade “10.” During his years in Hawaii, he became one of the city’s most prominent businessmen and leading citizens. Cartwright also popularized the game in Hawaii and remained an ardent supporter of organized baseball right up until his death in 1892. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The invoice (8.5 x 7 inches) displays both horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,527.50
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