Circa 1862 carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday, signed and notated by Doubleday on the reverse. Encapsulated by SGC, with the signature certified as "Authentic" by JSA. While we have seen numerous Doubleday CDVs over the years, this is the first signed example we can recall. Doubleday's signature has been boldly scripted in black fountain pen on the reverse and grades "10." Below his signature, Doubleday has noted his then current military rank, as well as providing his date and place of birth ("Ballston Spa, NY, June 26th, 1819"). Doubleday has also documented his various military promotions through the year 1862. The formal studio image captures Doubleday in full military attire, with his hat sitting on the table next to him. As noted by the proprietary stamp on the reverse, this CDV was published by E. & H. T. Anthony of New York from a photographic negative in Mathew Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. When Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." The CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) remains in Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.
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