1922 E120 American Caramel Eddie Collins, boldly signed by Collins in black fountain pen on the front. Encapsulated by Beckett, with the signature graded “9.” Autographed E120 American Caramel cards are virtually nonexistent. This is the first Eddie Collins example we have ever offered and we can only recall having seen just one other signed E120 American Caramel card (Gabby Hartnett) at auction in the past twenty years. It is also, to the best of our knowledge, the earliest Eddie Collins signed baseball card. Collins was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939, but died in 1951 at the age of 63. As a result, Hall of Fame autograph collectors had only a short period of time in which to obtain his signature. The card displays a chip in the lower left corner and a paperclip impression at the base. The word “Manager” is written in red ink along the base of the card. (Collins was never the manager of the White Sox.) Despite the flaws, the card presents at a level higher than that suggested by its technically accurate grade of Poor. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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