Handwritten postcard, postmarked January 28, 1952, signed by Hall of Fame basketball player Nate Clifton, one of the first African American players to play in the NBA. In his letter, Clifton responds to a fan’s request for an autograph. In full: Hello Bob. Sorry about my delay in answering your letter. So here is my autograph. Nathaniel Clifton “Sweet Water” Knicks 51-52.” Both the text and signature have been scripted in blue ink and grade “9.” Clifton’s blue-ink signature (“8”) also appears as part of the return address on the front. Clifton died in 1990, but wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame until 2014. As such, his signature is scarce today. This is the first example we have ever handled and we cannot remember the last time we have seen another. The fact that this example dates from his active playing career, has been signed twice, and includes his nickname, makes it especially desirable. The government postcard (3.25 x 5.5 inches) is toned and displays a few light corner creases. In Very Good condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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