Autographed 1909-1911 T206 White Border Paddy Livingston

Sold For: $1,560

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1484

Item Year: 1909

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Autographed T206 tobacco card of Philadelphia Athletics catcher Paddy Livingston (spelled "Livingstone" on the card). Encapsulated by SGC Authentic, with the signature certified as "Authentic." Despite the fact that T206 White Border tobacco cards have been so popular and widely collected since 1909, signed examples are extremely rare, because few collectors had either the inclination or opportunity to get cards signed. 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. Paddy Livingston died in 1977, so he was available for only just a short time to collectors who appreciated the significance of autographed tobacco cards as the hobby matured through the 1960s and into the 1970s. The fact that Livingston 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. This is only the first example of a signed Paddy Livingston T206 card we have ever seen. Livingston has signed the reverse of the card vertically in black ink along the right border, with the signature grading "9/10." The card displays light corner wear and grades VG-Ex+. 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. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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