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1923 George Wright Signed Wright & Ditson Document
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422
Document page, originating from a Wright & Ditson Victor Co. minute book (titled "Waiver Of Notice Of Special Meeting"), signed by George Wright and four other directors of the company. Wright's signature, "Geo. Wright," has been scripted in black fountain pen and grades "9/10." The other four signatures on this document are those of C. B. Whitney (founder of Victor Sporting Goods and brother of former major league players Art and Frank Whitney), W. Wallace Furze, Helen O'Neil, and J. A. Addelman (West Coast manager of Wright & Ditson). Signature examples of Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright (1847-1837) are rare (and the recent find of the Wright & Ditson document archives is an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime event providing a small number of authentic George Wright signatures with remarkable provenance). The fact that the offered signature appears on a Wright & Ditson company document makes it especially desirable. George Wright was one of the dominant baseball figures of the nineteenth century. Considered baseball's first "superstar," Wright was the top player on the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team, and later starred with Boston's entry in both the National Association and National League, leading the two clubs to a combined six pennants in seven years. He retired in 1882 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937, the year of his death. The document (8 x 11.75 inches) has been affixed to a slightly larger sheet of paper that has another Wright & Ditson document affixed to the reverse. Two vertical and four horizontal folds are evident, as are a number of minor creases, tiny edge tears, and a staple hole in the upper left corner. There is moderate rippling as a result of the adhesion process. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,422
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