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Lot # 868 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1919 George Wright Multisigned Wright & Ditson Waiver Notice (with John Morrill)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,133

Document page, originating from a Wright & Ditson Victor Co. minute book (titled "Waiver Of Notice"), signed by George Wright and six other directors of the company, including "Honest John" Morrill (former player and manager of the Boston Red Stockings, 1876-1890) and J. W. Spalding (brother of A. G, Spalding). Wright's signature, "Geo. Wright," has been scripted in black fountain pen and aside from a a minor smudge to the "t" in "Wright" grades "10." The other six signatures grade "9" or "10." Signature examples of Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright (1847-1837) are rare. The fact that the offered signature appears on a Wright & Ditson company document makes it especially desirable. The recent find of the Wright & Ditson document archives (from which this piece directly originates) is an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime event providing a small number of authentic George Wright signatures with remarkable provenance. 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. He retired in 1882 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937, the year of his death. The document (8.75 x 11.75 inches) displays three horizontal folds, two notebook holes along the left border, and a minor ink stain on the reverse that is only barely visible on the front. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,133

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