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George Wright Signed Autograph Album Page (PSA/DNA MINT 9)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,148
Album sheet, removed from the legendary autograph album compiled by Dr. John O'Meara in the 1930s, inscribed in black fountain pen by Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature graded MINT 9. In 2009 REA had the privilege of handling an incredible album of signatures (which included the Wright album page offered here) compiled by Dr. John O'Meara, who was an early pioneer in the field of autograph collecting. A resident of Providence, Rhode Island, O'Meara was not simply a fan, but an astute historian of the game and his collection included a vast array of correspondence from ballplayers past and present, including George Wright, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, and Ty Cobb. As we noted in 2009, the compilation of that album was O'Meara's greatest accomplishment and, in its original state, was without question one of the finest baseball autograph albums ever assembled. Like a number of players who signed O'Meara's album, Wright has ideally added biographical data below his signature: "George Wright - Short Stop - Champion Providence B.B.C. - 1879 - 1933 Age 86." Interestingly, it appears that Wright originally inscribed this sheet in pencil and then later went over his writing in ink at the request of the O'Meara, as a few hints of the original pencil notations can be seen upon extremely close examination in some areas. We know, as evidenced by the many letters of correspondence between the two, that O'Meara and Wright were friends, which is not surprising given their mutual interest in baseball and their close proximity. O'Meara lived in Providence, Rhode Island, while Wright resided in Boston, Massachusetts. George Wright was one of the dominant baseball figures of the nineteenth century. Considered baseball's first "superstar," Wright was the top player on the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team, and later starred with Boston's entry in both the National Association and National League, leading the two clubs to a combined six pennants in seven years. As noted on the sheet, he joined Providence in 1879, where he once again enjoyed another National League championship. He retired in 1882 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937, the year of his death. The page (5.5 x 4.5 inches) has been neatly removed from the original album and is in Near Mint condition. As a point of reference, this piece originally appeared as Lot 965 in REA's May 2009 auction (at the time it was encapsulated by Beckett), where it realized a final sales price of $1,880. This is a simply spectacular rare signature example of one of the greatest and most important early stars of the game. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $4,148
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