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1916 Mordecai Brown Signed Photograph
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50
Vintage 8 x 10-inch black-and-white photo of Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown as a member of the Chicago Cubs, signed by the Hall of Fame pitcher on the front. Brown has inscribed the photo in blue fountain pen, “To my Friend – Mordecai Brown.” There is a very tiny bit of smudging to both the salutation and name (extremely minor and mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy), otherwise both the salutation and signature grade “9/10.” Although the photo is undated, its year of origin can be pinpointed to 1916 based upon the uniform worn by Brown (the Cubs only wore this style jersey for one season). 1916 was Brown’s final season in the Majors. A blue fountain pen notation on the reverse reads “Please return to F. M. Ahrens – Chicago Division.” This photo was discovered in the back pocket of an old family photo album that was purchased by our consignor at an estate sale in Michigan. The photos in the album spanned the years 1916 through 1937, but this was the only baseball related photo in the group. The parents of the gentleman from whom the album was purchased lived in Chicago for many years. Mordecai Brown was one of the greatest pitchers of the early twentieth century and his lifetime ERA of 2.06 ranks fourth best all-time. Any and all signature examples of Brown are relatively scarce today, but a signed photograph (let alone one of such exceptionally high quality as this example) is especially desirable and rare. Brown played between the years 1904 and 1916 and he passed away in 1948, one year prior to his election to the Hall of Fame. This is the first Modecai Brown signed photograph we can recall ever offering. The photo has a few minor creases and is in Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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