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Lot # 969 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Nap Lajoie Signed Autograph Album Page

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,058

Unlined sheet, discovered in the legendary autograph album compiled by Dr. John O'Meara in the 1930s, signed by Hall of Fame second baseman Napoleon Lajoie. (The original near-complete album is also offered in this auction; please see the lot description for full details.) The black fountain-pen signature has been boldly scripted, grading ‘9,’ and Lajoie has noted the date of the signing below his name, ‘Sept 20th /33.’ This sheet was included, loose, in O'Meara's autograph album, but it is not original to the album. Although we will never know the precise circumstances under which this signature was obtained by O'Meara, we can be sure that it was one of the few times during the 1930s that he encountered a player of Lajoie's stature without having his album handy. He did, however, have Lajoie sign this sheet, and he later simply tucked it in the pages of the album. Like most of the signatures in the O'Meara album collection, this is a particularly extraordinary and magnificent example. The sheet (5.5 x 4.25 inches) has a single light vertical fold and a few extremely light wrinkles. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Encapsulated by Beckett Grading Services in conjunction with James Spence Authentication. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $1,058

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