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1935 Kiki Cuyler Single-Signed Baseball and Signed George Burke Photo
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,962.50
Each of these two Kiki Cuyler signed items, an official National League (Heydler) baseball and an original George Burke photo, share one thing in common: both have been personalized to our consignor's father. These two pieces, which are new to the hobby, were only just recently rediscovered by our consignor while moving. They were originally found among her father's possessions after his passing in 1982 and then remained with her mother until the time of her passing twenty years later. Since that time they have been carefully stored away and basically all but forgotten until now. In an accompanying one-page letter of provenance, our consignor relates that her father, who was a huge Cubs fan, received both of these items in 1935 from his best friend, Larry Pizer, who just happened to live in Harrisville, Michigan, the same town where Cuyler lived at the time. Pizer obviously knew Cuyler and had him personalize these two items, which he later presented to his friend as a gift. 1) Official National League (Heydler) ball inscribed in black fountain on a side panel by Cuyler: "To/Ralph Kraker/Sincerely/Ki Ki Cuyler." Both the inscription and signature grade "5." Single-signed Cuyler balls are rare. Cuyler died in 1950 at the age of fifty-two, which was long before both his induction into the Hall of Fame (1968) and the time when single-signed baseballs became the ideal for autograph collectors. This ball is not only a Cuyler single, but also dates from his active playing career, making it an especially desirable example. This is the first Cuyler single-signed ball that we can recall offering and we cannot recall having seen more than a few other examples over the years. Cuyler is definitely a rare signature on a single-signed ball! The ball displays moderate toning, including a small area of light discoloration on a side panel. All of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and legible. In Very Good condition overall. 2) Original George Burke portrait photo of Kiki Cuyler, flawlessly inscribed in blue fountain pen by Cuyler: "To Ralph Kraker/Sincerely/'Ki Ki' Cuyler/Harrisville, Mich/Jan 4/35." Both the inscription and signature are immaculate and grade "10." This is undoubtedly one of the finest Kiki Cuyler signed photos in the hobby, with the signature looking exactly as it did in 1935, and is naturally an ideal accompaniment to the ball. A George Burke credit stamp appears on the reverse. The photo (4 x 6 inches) displays only modest handling wear and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Accompanying the ball and photo are the remnants of the original Spalding ball box and a vintage newspaper article about Cuyler. Total: 4 items (ball, photo, box remnants, and newspaper clipping; plus letter of provenance from Kraker family). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $2,962.50
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