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Lot # 953 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Cy Young Cut Signature Display - Obtained in 1942 by Keith Sutton - Founding Member of SABR

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $2,251.50

This cut signature of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young has the special provenance of originating from the personal collection of Keith Sutton, who was one of the founding members of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). (A number of Sutton's other personal souvenirs, including cards, programs, and autographs, are offered as separate lots elsewhere in this auction.) Sutton, whose biography can be viewed on the SABR website (, amassed a large and varied collection during his lifetime, including autographs. Like most early collectors, Sutton found that the easiest way to obtain autographs of former players was to simply write them and ask for their signature. Normally, the inclusion of a self-addressed stamped envelope was all it took to receive a response. Such was the case here, when Sutton wrote to Cy Young in 1942. In order to maintain a proper filing system, Sutton kept copies of all the letters he sent to the players and also the return envelope, which he then paired and saved. Therefore, we have here the copy of the letter sent to Cy Young on March, 3, 1942, the return envelope in which the signature was sent back to him (postmarked June 23, 1942), and best of all, a beautiful signature of Cy Young, flawlessly scripted in blue ink (grading "10") on a 3 x 5-inch index card (visible area 4.25 x 1.5 inches). The signature was later matted and framed together with a T206 tobacco card (portrait, green background) of Cy Young that belonged to Sutton. It is interesting to note how meticulous Sutton was. After mailing the original letter to Young, he typed the following along the top of the copy: "I - Sent letter, stamped envelope and blank card Tues. March 3, 1942 PM (4:20 pm)," with the time portion of the notation handwritten. On the return envelope he also noted the time he received it: "Rec'd June 25 1942 AM." The cut is in apparent Near Mint condition and the T206 tobacco card, which is mounted (most likely be means of adhesive), is in apparent Ex-Mt condition. It should be noted that while both of these items were obtained from Keith Sutton's family, Sutton did not frame them together. The pairing of the two in the frame was done by the gentleman who originally purchased them from the Sutton family. Total dimensions: 6.5 x 9 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800+. SOLD FOR $2,251.50

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