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1908 PC760 T. R. Rose Postcard of Elmer Steele - Signed and Mailed by the Player!
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $593
Rare PC760 Rose Postscard of Scranton pitcher Elmer Steele. Encapsulated and graded POOR 10 by SGC. Despite the technically accurate modest grade, this card is a most extraordinary example: it was personally inscribed, signed, and mailed out by Elmer Steele in 1949! This is the first Rose postcard we have ever seen signed by the respective player, and given the rarity of the issue, probably the last. Steele has inscribed both the front and reverse in black ink. Along the base of the front he has written "To/Mr. Walter J. Donahy/Yours in Base Ball/Elmer R. Steele/Boston AM/Pittsburg NAT/Brooklyn NAT." Underneath the salutation and signature, Steele has added his return address: "Carrier/#9 US P.O./Poughkeepsie NY." The reverse is addressed to the recipient listed on the front, and features a handwritten note by Steele. Apparently, Mr. Donahy wrote to Steele inquiring after the whereabouts of former player Steve Yerkes, and Steele provides the information requested. In full: "Steve Yerkes #100 East Lynwood Ave. Glenside, PA. or watch Sporting News as he manages Oneonta in Canadian American or Border League - S. If you should see any of Mary or Mike O'Tooles relatives of So. Farmingham, Just say 'Hello' for me. Marty was my roomate with PIttsburgh, Thank you. - S." The postcard is postmarked March 15, 1949, from Poughkeepsie, New York. Among advanced collectors, Rose Postcards are regarded as one of the most striking and magnificently designed baseball-card sets ever produced. PC760 Rose Postcards feature black-and-white portraits set inside a gold embossed frame with the player's name and team printed inside a rectangular nameplate at the base of the frame, all against a striking green background. Although the Rose Postcard set features predominantly Major League players, a small subset of minor-league players from the Scranton franchise were also included in the issue. In addition to the noted inscriptions, the year, "1908," is written in black ink within the illustrated baseball on the front. The card displays wear along all four corners, as well a few horizontal creases running through the top portion. This is an exceptionally unique Rose Postcard and one that make a fine addition to, not to mention wonderful conversation piece in, any advanced collection.
Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $593
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