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Lot # 796 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1914 Al Spalding Signed Document

Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $4,112.50

One-page proxy document, dated October 28, 1914, signed by Al Spalding. The document authorizes “F. W. Gerould,” agent and attorney for Spalding, to vote as his proxy “at any election A. G. Spalding & Bros. Mfg. Co. of California” according to the number of votes he should be entitled to cast if he were personally present. It is signed “A. G. Spalding” in bold black fountain pen (grading “10”). Spalding founded A. G. Spalding & Bros. Company in 1877 and, by means of an exclusive baseball deal with the National League, the firm quickly became the foremost sporting-goods manufacturer in the country. In 1882 he purchased the Chicago White Sox and assumed a position of supreme influence among team owners. While his contributions to the game were great, as a star player, team-owner, and businessman, he is probably best remembered today for fostering the myth that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839. Spalding, who died less than year after signing this document, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The document (8 x 6.5 inches) displays both horizontal and vertical folds (one of which touches upon the signature), two paper-clip impressions, and two small pieces of clear tape affixed to the front. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $4,112.50

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