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1941 Honus Wagner Twice-Signed Photo
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,540.50
Two impeccable signature examples of baseball's immortal "Flying Dutchman" are featured on this vintage photograph, one of which includes a personalization. The photo captures Honus Wagner posing together with Pirates manager Fred Clarke and the team's batboy, Tony Dunn, during the early 1900s. Wagner has inscribed the photo in black fountain pen, "To My Friend/Jack Fox/best wishes/J. Honus Wagner" across all three images. In addition, Wagner has signed the photo ("Honus Wagner") in black fountain pen vertically on his left leg. The names of both Fred Clarke and Tony Dunn are written in black fountain pen by an unknown hand upon their respective images. Also penned by an unidentified hand are the dates "1909" (along the base) and "9-24-41" (along the top). Both of the Wagner signatures, as well as his inscription, are boldly penned (grading "10") and represent two of the finest Wagner signatures imaginable. While we cannot be certain, this photo may have been inscribed to former Major League player Jack Fox, who played with the Athletics in 1908. The addresses for Fox (Mount Oliver, Pennsylvania) and Wagner (Carnegie, Pennsylvania) are each written on the reverse in black fountain pen by an unidentified hand. Both Mount Oliver and Carnegie are located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It seems probable that the date "1909" written on the photo refers to the date it was taken, while "9-24-41" was the date it was signed. However, based upon the uniform style shown here, this photo most likely dates to the 1907 season. The photo (7.5 x 9.5 inches), which remains affixed to its original cardboard mount, displays a heavy horizontal crease that runs through the legs of each individual pictured (including Wagner's vertical signature), as well as a few other slight creases that are only visible when viewed at certain angles. The mount displays a large corner chip in the lower right, a smaller corner chip in the lower left, and light water staining. Technically in Good condition overall, but the photo has been matted and framed in such a manner as to hide the damaged mount, allowing for a much more presentable appearance. It should be noted that all of the aforementioned flaws are overshadowed by the two phenomenal Wagner signatures displayed here, both of which are easily among the finest examples we have ever seen on a photo. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 14 x 16 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,540.50
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