Rare Dave Bancroft Signed Yellow Hall of Fame Postcard

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1301

Item Year: 1940

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Yellow Hall of Fame plaque postcard signed in blue ink (grading "7") along the base of the front by Dave Bancroft. This is one of the rarest of all Hall of Fame signed postcards. Bancroft was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971, with the ceremony taking place on August 9th. However, Bancroft died just over a year later, on October 9, 1972. As a result, collectors only had a very short window of time in which to obtain his signature on a Hall of Fame postcard. This is the first example we have ever offered and we have seen probably fewer than ten at auction in the past fifteen years. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays a few tiny remnants of paper residue on the reverse from having once been mounted in an album; otherwise it remains in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.

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