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1930s Harrison Studios Homestead Grays Postcard Ted Page (Signed)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $3,259
Extremely rare Harrison Studios real-photo Negro League postcard of Homestead Grays outfielder "Terrible Ted" Page as he poses in uniform during spring training at Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1931. Inscribed on the front in blue fountain pen (grading "8/9") by Page, "2nd to you - Ted Page." Encapsulated by SGC, with the card and autograph each certified "Authentic" by SGC and JSA, respectively. Harrison Studios is a virtually impossible-to-find sample card, and one with a significance over and above representing a rare set. While there are a number of vintage sets (all of which are very important) issued in other countries such as Cuba and Puerto Rico that featured Negro League stars, the 1931 Harrison Studios set featuring the Homestead Grays is the only vintage catalogued card set that we can think of featuring Negro League stars that was issued in America. The photographer's credit, "Harrison/Hot Springs Ark," appears in white lettering in the lower right corner. This postcard is one of a series of individual Homestead Grays player postcards produced during spring training of 1931 by Harrison Studios of Hot Springs, Arkansas. (Page only played with the Homestead Grays in 1930 and 1931.) Five different players from this set are currently known (it is likely that all players on the team were issued), as well as a team card of the Homestead Grays, which is precisely dated by the photographer "4-3-31." All have traditional postcard backs. Page, known for his fiery demeanor on and off the field, was one of the top hitters in the Negro Leagues during his fifteen-year career (1923-1937), as evidenced by his lifetime .335 average (.429 in exhibition games against major league players). He was also a member of two of the greatest teams in Negro League history: the 1931 Homestead Grays and the 1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays two small tack holes (one at the top and one at the bottom) and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,259
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