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Lot # 899 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Hugh Duffy, Ed Walsh (and Joe D secretarial) Signed Hall of Fame Black-and-White Postcards (3)

Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $3,231.25

Important Addendum: The Joe DiMaggio B&W Hall of Fame Postcard in this lot is described in the printed catalog as having been signed by DiMaggio. This is an error! It was identified during the authentication process by JSA as definitely being a secretarial signature (signed in response to a mail request by a DiMaggio family member, DiMaggio's sister, for Joe D). The catalog error was the result of a clerical error by REA. This lot contains only two B&W Hall of Fame Postcards signed by players (Hugh Duffy and Ed Walsh) plus the Joe DiMaggio secretarial-signed postcard, which does accompany the lot. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Presented here is a collection of two rare and desirable signed black-and-white Hall of Fame postcards: Hugh Duffy and Ed Walsh (plus additional "ghost-signed" Joe DiMaggio). Signed Hugh Duffy and Ed Walsh black-and-white Hall of Fame postcards are particularly rare. Both have been signed in the ideal front margin of the card. Duffy has inscribed his card, "Yours truly — Hugh Duffy" in black fountain pen (grading "9/10"); and Walsh have simply scripted their names in blue ink. Black-and-white Hall of Fame postcards were only produced between the years 1947 and 1963, thus accounting for their rarity today. Signed examples are scarcer still, and are especially prized by autograph collectors. Duffy (inducted in 1945) passed away in 1954, and Walsh (inducted in 1949) passed away in 1959, thus leaving collectors with a very limited time period in which it was possible to obtain signed examples of their black-and-white Hall of Fame postcards. The Duffy card displays a few light creases and has been affixed to a heavier cardboard mount (equal in size to the card). While technically in Good condition, the mounting process has ameliorated many of the creases and the card presents at a much higher level. The Walsh card (Albertype) has been addressed and mailed (postmarked 9/19/50), and also bears a date stamp of "Sep 20 1950" along the top-front border. Otherwise in Excellent condition. The DiMaggio card (Artvue) has a few tiny creases, an address stamp on the reverse (not mailed), and two small areas of surface paper loss on the reverse from having once been mounted in an album. Very Good to Excellent condition. Nice-looking trio (two signed by players, one secretarial) from a very old-time collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $3,231.25

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