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Eddie Cicotte Signed Photo and First-Day Cover (2 signed items)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,067
Pair of items signed by Eddie Cicotte, one of the main conspirators in the infamous 1919 "Black Sox" scandal. The first is a 1950 first-day cover commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Indiana Territory. Cicotte has signed the cover, "Eddie V. Cicotte," in blue ink (grading "10") on the front. Postmarked "Sep 12, 1950." This envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches) belonged to a former autograph collector (Joe Gerson), whose name appears on both the front and reverse. The reverse also features a number of stamps, handwritten notations and an affixed newspaper clipping about Cicotte. When this envelope was mailed to Cicotte, Gerson wrote the word "Here" on the front in pencil to indicate to Cicotte exactly where he wanted it signed. After it was returned, the word was erased, but it is still visible on close inspection. In Very Good to Excellent condition. The second item is a small snapshot photo (2.25 x 3.25 inches) of Cicotte as a member of the White Sox that pictures him warming up on the sidelines. Signed "Eddie V. Cicotte" in blue ink ("8," with slight smudging) along the base. Ex-Mt. Total: 2 items (first-day cover and photo). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,067
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