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1930s Harrison Studios Homestead Grays Postcard "Vic" Harris (Signed)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948
Extremely rare Harrison Studios real-photo Negro League postcard of Homestead Grays outfielder Vic Harris as he poses in uniform during spring training at Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1931. Signed (printed, not in script) on the front in black fountain pen (grading "8/9") by Harris, "'Vic' Harris/Manager/1938." Encapsulated and certified "Authentic" by SGC. 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. 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. It should be noted that this exact image of Harris is featured on his biography page at the Negro League Museum website. Harris was one of the club's top players during its championship years of the early 1930s and he later took over the reigns of manager in 1935. Harris eventually won eight pennants with the Grays during his twelve-year managerial tenure, including six straight between the years 1937 and 1942. Obviously, given the inscription on the front, Harris signed this card in 1938. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays a tiny pencil notation on the reverse (it has not been addressed or mailed) and a few light creases (only visible when viewed at certain angles). In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $948
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