Autographed 1909-1911 T206 White Border Fred Parent

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2016 spring

Lot: 1216

Item Year: 1909

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Autographed T206 tobacco card of Chicago White Sox infielder/outfielder Freddy Parent, who was also a key member of the 1903 Boston Red Sox, winners of the first World Series. Encapsulated by SGC Authentic and accompanied by a full LOA from JSA. Despite the fact that T206 White Border tobacco cards have been so popular and widely collected since 1909, signed examples are extremely rare. Few collectors had either the inclination or opportunity to get cards signed. Autograph collectors had many other options to get different types of items signed and rarely had cards at all, while card collectors were usually only interested in cards, and seldom sought autographs. If the opportunity to get an autograph arose, few fans happened to have a T206 card of the given player handy. To get a T206 card signed took planning or was accomplished with great effort by mail. The interest in autographed cards is relatively recent, and with the passing long ago of players from the 1910 era, every T206 card that is signed is unusual and noteworthy. Freddy Parent lived until 1972 (he was ninety-six when he died), so he was only available for just a short time to collectors who had the inclination, desire, and appreciation of the significance of autographed tobacco cards as the hobby matured through the 1960s and into the 1970s. The fact that Parent is not a Hall of Fame player, the signatures of whom were much more widely sought after by collectors, is another reason for its extreme rarity. While there may be others, this is the only example of a signed Fred Parent T206 card we have ever seen. Parent has signed the card in black ink along the top border, with the signature grading "9." The card displays normal handling wear, including rounded corners and two moderate diagonal creases (one in the upper left; the other in the lower right). In Good condition overall. Regardless of the condition, this is a tremendous prewar collectible that will be of great interest to card and autograph collectors alike and would make a worthy addition to even the most advanced T206 collection. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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