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Thomas Connolly Signed Black-and-White Hall of Fame Postcard
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $4,700.00
Black-and-white (Artvue) Hall of Fame postcard of umpire Thomas Connolly, signed in blue fountain pen (grading “8/9”) in the lower margin. Connolly was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953, one of the first two umpires (the NL's Bill Klem was the other) so honored. Connolly is one of the rarest of all signed black-and-white Hall of Fame postcards. This is probably due in part because collectors were not as motivated to acquire the signature of an umpire. Black-and-white Hall of Fame postcards were only issued between the years 1944 and 1963. Since Connolly was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1953, and he passed in 1961, thus leaving a relatively small window of opportunity for signing, black-and-white postcards signed by him are exceedingly scarce. This is an outstanding example of one of signed Hall of Fame postcard collecting's most elusive rarities. Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $4,700.00
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