Lined postcard signed in blue ink (grading "7/8") by "Eddie V. Cicotte," a member of the infamous 1919 Chicago "Black Sox." Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature certified as "Authentic." Cicotte, along with seven of his teammates, including Joe Jackson, conspired to "throw" the 1919 World Series. Although all eight players were later acquitted of the crime in a court of law, newly appointed baseball commissioner Kenesaw Landis paid no heed to the verdict and banished them from the game of baseball for life in 1921. The card (5 x 3 inches) features a few typewritten and handwritten notations on the front, including Cicotte's name and his team affiliation. A few tiny pencil notations appear on the reverse. Ex-Mt. Accompanying the card is a vintage news photo (8 x 10 inches) capturing Cicotte in extreme closeup. The photo displays a few editorial notations on the reverse and minor editorial shading to his image. Two tears are evident along the right border and there is a tiny chip in the upper left corner. Vg overall. Total: 2 items (signed postcard and photo). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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