1927 Walter Johnson Autographed Photo

Sold For: $1,528

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 981

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Crisp, clear photograph of Walter Johnson, inscribed and dated in black fountain pen by the legendary "Big Train" in the lower right. Johnson's inscription reads "Best Wishes - Walter Johnson - June 13, 1927" and grades "8." This is a tremendous signed photo of Johnson. 1927 marked Johnson's final season in the Major Leagues and it ended on a painful note as he suffered a broken leg that limited him to just eighteen games and five wins. Although Johnson signed this photo in 1927 it was obviously taken a few years earlier, between the years 1918 and 1923, based upon the uniform style shown. Washington defeated Chicago 10-0 at Griffith Stadium on June 13, 1927, with General Crowder registering the win for the Senators. Johnson's signature was most likely obtained at the Stadium on that day. The photo (3.25 x 4.75 inches) displays a few minor creases (nearly all of which are only visible when viewed at certain angles) and a light semicircular area of discoloration in each corner as a result of the photo having once been tacked on a wall (of no consequence). While technically in Very Good condition, the flaws are very unobtrusive and the photo displays as Excellent. This is an outstanding original Walter Johnson photo autographed during his final season on the mound. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,528

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