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Lot # 681 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary "Hap" Felsch Signed 3x5 Card

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,560

Extremely rare signature example of "Happy" Felsch, one of the eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox who was later banned from baseball in 1921 for conspiring to "throw" the 1919 World Series. Felsch has inscribed the offered 3 x 5-inch card with not only his full-name signature, but his address as well: "Oscar Emil Felsch/2460 No. 49 St./Milwaukee/Wis." Both the signature and inscription have been boldly scripted in blue ink and grade "10." As is the case for nearly of the "eight men out," Felsch's signature is exceedingly rare today. This is the only the second example we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen more than a few others at auction over the years. Felsch only played six seasons before he was banned for life in 1921. Because his career was brief and ended ignominiously, few collectors sought Felsch's autograph prior to his death in 1964 at the age of seventy-two. This is an exceptional example in all respects and one that would be a highlight in any advanced autograph collection. The card is in apparent Near Mint condition and has been matted together with a magazine photo of Felsch to total dimensions of 7.75 x 16.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
SOLD FOR $1,560

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