Buck O'Brien Cut Signature - 1912 Boston Red Sox 20-Game Winner - PSA/DNA

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Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1488

Item Year: 1912

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Cut signature of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Buck O’Brien. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature certified as “Authentic.” O’Brien’s signature (“B. O’Brien”) has been scripted in pencil upon a small, rectangular strip of green paper and grades “5/6” overall. The cut (2.5 x 1 inches; Ex) has been affixed to a standard index card (3 x 5 inches) by means of clear tape on the left and right borders (tape on the right border touches upon a very tiny portion of the signature). This is an exceedingly rare baseball signature and the first example we have ever seen. Its rarity is probably related to O’Brien’s extremely short major league career, which lasted only three seasons (1911-1913). A master of the spitball, he won 20 games with the 1912 World Champion Red Sox, and made two starts in the 1912 World Series (losing twice to Hall of Famer Rube Marquard). O’Brien’s major league career began late, at the age of 29, and perhaps that is why it ended so quickly. After posting a combined record of 4-11 with the Red Sox and White Sox in 1913 he never again appeared in a major league uniform, although he continued to pitch for many more years in the minors and at the semipro level. He died in 1959 at the age of 77. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. (JSA was unable to offer an opinion on this signature because it lacked contemporary exemplars.) Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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