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1911 Dave Creagan Signed Baseball Contracts and T209 Contentnea Related Items (9)

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $948.00

Dave Creagan's professional baseball career was brief - a single season in 1910 with the Rocky Mount Railroaders, a Class D minor-league club with membership in the Eastern Carolina League. However, it was long enough for him to be included in not one, but two, tobacco-card sets: The 1910 T209 Contentnea Photo Series and the 1910 T210 Old Mill Cigarettes Series 7. Interestingly, one of Creagan's teammates on the Rocky Mount club was Jim Thorpe. Offered here is a fascinating newly discovered collection of material relating to Creagan's short-lived baseball career, all of which was obtained from Creagan's estate. 1) Real-photo postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches), dating from 1910, of Creagan in uniform as a member of Rocky Mount. His name is written in pencil on the reverse. Ex. While Creagan's pose is different from that which appears on his T209 Contentnea Cigarettes card, it was obviously taken at the same time as can easily be seen by the details of the indoor studio backdrop. 2-3) Two 1910 T209 Contentnea Photo Series tobacco cards of Creagan and Gillespie, respectively. Both are in Poor condition. 4) Real-photo postcard (3.5 x 5.75 inches) of Creagan’s Rocky Mount teammate James Gillespie featuring the same photo used for Gillespie’s T209 tobacco card! He is identified as "Gillespie" in pencil on the reverse. Blank back. Excellent condition with slight waviness to cut along the left border as made. 5) 1912 Liggett & Myers political information pamphlet (3 x 4.5 inches). Ex-Mt. 6) One-page National Association Class D contract (8.5 x 14 inches) between Creagan and the Manistie Base Ball Club of the Michigan State League. Dated April 26, 1911. Signed in black fountain pen by both Creagan (grading "10") and manager E. R. Somerlott ("8"). There is no salary listed here. That, plus the fact that the official records do not show Creagan as a member of Manistie in 1911, indicate that Creagan failed to make the club that season. Vg, with normal folds. 7) One-page National Association Class D contract (8.5 x 14 inches) between Creagan and the Rocky Mount Athletic Association of the Eastern Carolina League. Dated February 23, 1911. The contract calls for a salary of $85 per month, but is not signed by either party. Either Creagan did not like the offer, or the team later rescinded the offer, as he did not play with Rocky Mount in 1911. Ex, with normal folds. 8) One-page TLS (8.5 x 11 inches) from the Hamilton Base Ball Club (Canadian minor-league team). Dated April 18, 1912, and signed by the secretary of the club. The club writes to Creagan and advises him that his salary demands are too high for the club and that if he would agree to a lower wage, they would offer him a contract for the upcoming season. Ex-Mt, with normal folds. 9) Original mailing envelope (9.5 x 4 inches; Vg) addressed to "Mr. Dave Creagan, 296 4th St., Troy, N.Y." sent to Creagan via Registered mail. Handwritten notation at top of envelope reads "Return Receipt Demanded." This is the envelope that all of the materials here were found in, and is obviously the envelope in which the Rocky Mount Athletic Association contract was sent to Creagan. Perhaps most fascinating is the fact that the preprinted return address of the envelope is "The Imperial Tobacco Co.," with the ink stamp return address (hand-stamped over the preprinted "Imperial Tobacco Company" return address) reading "Rocky Mount Athletic Asso." We're not sure exactly what to make of this, other than the Rocky Mount Athletic Association team apparently had a formal connection (perhaps ownership or sponsorship by) The Imperial Tobacco Company! Total: 9 items. The two real-photo postcards alone make this lot one of the most fascinating finds we have ever seen relating to the T209 Contentnea Cigarettes photo-series set. Reserve $200. Estimate $500++.

SOLD FOR $948.00


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