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Lot # 459 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 T206 Autographed Larry Doyle Portrait

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948

Remarkable autographed T206 tobacco card of Larry Doyle (portrait variation). Despite the fact that T206 White Border tobacco cards have been so popular and widely collected since 1909, signed examples are extremely rare. Few collectors had either the inclination or opportunity to get cards signed. Autograph collectors had many other options to get different types of items signed and rarely had cards at all, and card collectors were usually only interested in cards, and rarely sought autographs. If the opportunity to get an autograph arose, few fans happened to have a T206 card of the given player handy. To get a T206 card signed took planning or was accomplished with great effort by mail. The interest in autographed cards is relatively recent, and with the passing long ago of players from the 1910 era, every T206 card that is signed is unusual and noteworthy. Larry Doyle lived until 1974, so he was available for collectors who understood the significance and rarity of autographed tobacco cards as the hobby matured through the 1960s and 1970s. While we have seen a few T206 cards signed by him, they are most commonly his batting pose, and we have only seen one other portrait variation.

(Please note: With reference to the rarity of one signed T206 Doyle pose versus another, we have learned from reading the posts of a very knowledgeable collector on Net54 that a find from Pittsburgh of ten signed T206 Doyle cards sold on eBay in 2007 included three Doyle portraits, five Doyle throwing poses, and just two Doyle batting poses. We have also learned that this very card was one of the three signed T206 Doyle cards from this collection).

The offered example is signed prominently across his chest in bold blue ballpoint pen. The image remains crisp and the colors bold, but the card is in overall Poor condition due to extensive creasing on front and back. Regardless of the condition, this is a tremendous prewar collectible that will be of great interest to card and autograph collectors alike and would make a worthy addition to even the most advanced T206 collection. Encapsulated by SGC as Authentic. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $948

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