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Lot # 1137 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1981 Satchel Paige Perez-Steele Signed Registration Card

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $470

Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcard series "Guarantee Registration Card," signed in black ink (grading "10") by legendary pitcher Satchel Paige. This is the very card sent to Paige from the Perez-Steele Galleries, the return of which was required to guarantee that he would continue to receive the next series (with the same set number) of Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcards. What makes this particular card so enormously significant is the timing involved. Paige appeared in the fifth series of Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcards issued in 1981. Later in that same year Perez-Steele Galleries issued its sixth series of postcards as well. Paige passed away on June 8, 1982. Since the seventh series of Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcards was not issued until 1983, the offered "Guarantee Registration Card" is one of only two ever signed and returned by Paige to the Perez-Steele Galleries. The first example appeared as part of Lot 1203 in Robert Edward Auctions' April 2005 auction. Like that first example, the offered card also comes directly from the personal collection of Frank and Peggy Steele, founders of the Perez-Steele Galleries, and represents one of the last Perez-Steele "Guarantee Registration Cards" held by the family. As most collectors are well aware, Satchel Paige is one of the most elusive of all Perez-Steele Hall of Fame signed postcards due to the extremely short window between the production of his card and his death. Given the extreme rarity of Satchel Paige signed Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcards (we have never seen or offered one), this Perez-Steele registration card may be the next best or only alternative for a collector wishing to assemble a complete signed set of Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcards. As previously noted, this is one of only two Satchel Paige Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcard signed "Guarantee Registration Cards" in existence, each of which originates directly from the Steele family. The card has been mounted (most likely by means of adhesive) together with a Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard of Paige. Framed to total dimensions of 12 x 16 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $470

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