Joe Giard Cut Signature: Key 1927 Yankees Rarity

Sold For: $3,851

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 790

Item Year: 1927

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Small cut, taken from an autograph album, featuring the extremely rare signature of Joe Giard, a member of the 1927 New York Yankees. Giard’s signature has been boldly scripted in black fountain pen and measures 2.75 inches in length. There is a tiny amount of ink spotting near the "d" in "Giard"; otherwise the signature grades "10." Joe Giard’s Major League pitching career lasted three seasons and he finished with a lifetime 13-15 record and 5.96 ERA. Despite those less-than-impressive accomplishments, his signature is extremely highly prized by collectors due to the fact that Girard is the most elusive of all 1927 Yankees signatures and the key rarity in completing a set of 1927 New York Yankees signatures. Giard passed away in 1956 at the age of fifty-eight. His final season was with the legendary 1927 New York Yankees. As noted earlier, this signature example was removed from a vintage autograph-album page. That album page originally displayed a total of eight signatures, including Giard, Ben Paschal, Wally Schang, Lou Blue, Charles O'Leary, and "Pee Wee" Wanninger. Ideally, a color copy of the autograph album page prior to the removal of Giard's signature accompanies the cut as provenance, and an image of the page is also presented online. The cut measures approximately 3.25 x 1.25 inches and is in Near Mint condition. This is only the second individual Joe Giard signature example we have ever offered. The first, which was penned on an index card, appeared as Lot 648 in our May 2007 auction and sold for $5,581. This is an outstanding example of this great rarity and one that would be perfect for future encapsulation and grading. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,851

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