1986 Fritsch Negro League Baseball Stars Willie Wells card #71, signed by the Hall of Fame Negro League pitcher on the front. Wells has scripted his name in blue ink atop his image, below which he has added the date "10/12/87." Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature grade MINT 9." Wells died less than two years later, on January 22, 1989, which gave collectors a very short window of time to obtain his signature on this particular card. Also, Wells wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1997, which has resulted in the general scarcity of his signature in any form. This is the first signed example of this particular card we have ever handled and we cannot recall having seen any others. The card remains in Near Mint to Mint condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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