1918 George Wright Signed Waiver Notice (also signed by "Honest John" Morrill)

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1486

Item Year: 1918

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Document page, dated February 2, 1918, and taken from a Wright & Ditson Company minute book, signed by George Wright and four other directors of the Wright & Ditson Victor Company, including "Honest John" Morrill (former player and manager of the Boston Red Stockings, 1876-1890). Wright's signature, "Geo. Wright," has been scripted in black fountain pen and grades "8/9." The other five signatures grade "8" on average. Signature examples of Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright (1847-1937) are rare. The fact that the offered signature appears on a Wright & Ditson company document makes it especially desirable. This document allows the stockholders to waive notice of their regularly scheduled meeting and instead conduct business on January 2, 1918, at the company's head office in San Francisco, California. The recent find of the Wright & Ditson document archives (from which this piece directly originates) is an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime event providing a small number of authentic George Wright signatures with remarkable provenance. George Wright was one of the dominant baseball figures of the nineteenth century. Considered baseball's first "superstar," Wright was the top player on the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team, and later starred with Boston's entry in both the National Association and National League, leading the two clubs to a combined six pennants in seven years. He retired in 1882 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937, the year of his death. The document (8.5 x 11 inches), which displays a vertical fold and two horizontal folds, has been affixed to a slightly larger ledger page (8 x 13.5 inches); otherwise it remains in Excellent condition. The opposite side of the ledger sheet has a related Wright & Ditson document signed by the company's secretary. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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