1923 Charles Comiskey Signed Chicago White Sox Stock Certificate #2 - Issued to Comiskey's Son

Sold For: $4,740

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 785

Item Year: 1923

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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On November 27, 1923, four years removed from the greatest scandal in baseball history, Charles Comiskey sat down with club secretary Harry Grabiner to become the first and principal investor in the American League Base Ball Club of Chicago. The second investor in the club was none other than J. Louis Comiskey, Charles Comiskey's son. Offered here is the very certificate, numbered "2," issued to J. Louis Comiskey on that day. The certificate, which is both printed and filled in by hand, certifies that "J. Louis Comiskey is the owner of fifty shares of the Capital Stock of American League Base Ball Club of Chicago, of the par value of One Hundred Dollars each." It has been signed in black fountain pen by both "Chas. A. Comiskey" (grading "10"), as president, and by Comiskey's right-hand man, "Harry M. Grabiner" ("9"), as secretary. The certificate is stamped "Cancelled" on the front, above which is the date "Jan 15 1932" faintly stamped in black. J. Louis Comiskey, who had worked for the White Sox since 1910, inherited the team from his father in 1931 and ran the club until his death in 1939. This is only the third Chicago White Sox stock certificate dating from the nineteen-twenties that we have ever seen (the others, interestingly, being stock certificate number "1" and "3"). The fact that is the second certificate issued, made out to Comiskey's son, makes it especially desirable, in addition to being an extraordinary and ideal item signed by Charles Comiskey (whose signature is rarer than previously thought; in recent years it has been determined that many letters and items previously believed to have been signed by Comiskey were secretarially signed). The certificate (10 x 7.25 inches; visible area) displays two horizontal and two vertical folds, as well as a number of minor tears along the borders. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 15.5 x 13.25 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $4,740

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