Significant Hall of Fame Cut Signature Collection with Cobb, Lajoie, Young, Clemente, and Baker (27)

Sold For: $5,875

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 992

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This substantial collection of twenty-seven Hall of Fame cut signatures is notable both for the number of players represented here and the rarity of many of the signatures. Among the highlights are signature examples of Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Larry Lajoie, Frank Baker, and Jackie Robinson. Assembled over the course of fifty years by a dedicated old-time hobbyist whose passion was autographs, this collection represents the largest grouping of Hall of Fame cut signatures we have ever offered. It is also a particularly outstanding collection. It should further be noted that every player represented here is long since deceased. While cuts are often looked at as the most affordable form of a celebrity's signature, they also allow collectors great versatility with regards to display. The fact that grading companies now encapsulate cut signatures such as these makes the collecting of cut signatures all the more desirable to many hobbyists. The items in this group take many forms, from portions of personal checks to segments of photos, but most are simply true to their name and are signatures cut from larger sheets. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures, scripted in a variety of inks, grade "9" or "10," and the cuts are in Excellent condition or better (many display either surface paper loss and/or paper/adhesive residue on the reverse from having once been mounted and then removed from an album). The number of signed items for each listed player (if more than one) is noted in parentheses. The collection is comprised of the following cut signatures: Frank Baker (2, one on a portion of a personal check), Dave Bancroft , Ed Barrow , Roberto Clemente , Ty Cobb , Kiki Cuyler , Billy Evans , Frankie Frisch (3, one grades "5"), Charlie Gehringer , Travis Jackson , Chuck Klein , Larry Lajoie , Freddie Lindstrom , Ted Lyons , Connie Mack , Rabbit Maranville (with a personalized inscription "To my little pal, Jimmie Timbers"; dated 1932), Bill McKechnie , Kid Nichols (highly desirable form; portion of a personal check, affixed to a souvenir card from Kid Nichols Day, August 16, 1949), Eppa Rixey , Jackie Robinson (in pencil, Vg, with a small tear affecting a portion of the signature), Ray Schalk , Al Simmons , Dazzy Vance , and Cy Young. The cuts are of various sizes, but most are approximately 3.5 x 2 inches. Total: 27 cut signatures. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,875

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