Outstanding studio portrait of Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins, taken by noted Chicago photographer Melvin H. Sykes, signed by Collins in the lower right margin. What makes this particular photo significant, aside from the fact that it is the first example we have seen, is the manner in which Collins has inscribed it: “Best Wishes, from ‘Cocky’.” “Cocky” was Collins’ nickname, but this is the only time we have seen him eschew his name in favor of his famous sobriquet when signing a photo. The fact that he did so almost certainly indicates that this photo was presented to a close friend or perhaps a teammate. Both the inscription and signature are boldly scripted in black fountain pen and grade “10.” Although not dated, the signature style seen correlates to other Collins examples dating from the early to mid 1920s. Collins was a member of the White Sox from 1915 to 1926 before finishing his career with the A’s. The photo (6.75 x 10.75 inches) displays a small diagonal crease in the lower left corner and is in Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).
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