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1875 Alexander Cartwright Signed Document
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,659.00
One-page business invoice, dated January 13, 1875, signed by Alexander Joy Cartwright, “Father of Modern Baseball.” Cartwright, who was one of the original key members of the New York Knickerbockers, is renowned for his contributions to the development of organized baseball and for having formulated many of the modern rules of baseball in 1845. His signature is extremely rare, though a handful of signed documents such as this have survived, all originating years ago from Cartwight's estate. Cartwright left New York in 1849 and headed west to claim his fortune during the California gold rush. Failing to strike it rich, he continued on to Hawaii, where his fortunes quickly improved. Within two years he opened his own firm as a whaling and commission merchant. The business soon expanded to include matters of banking, handling of trust estates, insurance and real estate, which later led to the formation of Cartwright and Company Ltd., a firm that survives to this day. The offered invoice was issued by the Ed Hoffschlaeger & Co., to "Paiko & Son." Cartwright, acting as an agent for the Ed Hoffschlaeger & Co., has received a cash payment of $108.86 from Paiko & Son, which has left the balance due at $100. The receipt of the money is duly recorded in Cartwright's hand, "Rec'd Payt/Alex J. Cartwright/for Ed Hoffschlaeger & Co." Both the text and Cartwright's signature have been boldly scripted in black ink and grade "10." During his years in Hawaii, Cartwright became one of the city’s most prominent businessmen and leading citizens. Cartwright also popularized the game of baseball in Hawaii and remained an ardent supporter of organized baseball right up until his death in 1892. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The invoice (8.5 x 7 inches) displays two vertical folds and is in Excellent condition overall. Matted and framed together with a portrait image of Cartwright (modern-day photo) to total dimensions of 14 x 21 inches. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,659.00
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