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Lot # 886 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1929 Walter Johnson Signed Government Postcard - Single-Owner Provenance

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,185

Government postcard, postmarked March 4, 1929, signed in black fountain pen (grading "9") by Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. The vintage, handwritten notation "Washingto 'Senators'/Baseball Team" is neatly printed in black fountain pen above Johnson's signature. A small, cut newspaper photo of Johnson has been affixed to the card along the left border. This is one in a large collection of signed government postcards offered in this auction (presented in eight separate lots), all of which were originally obtained by a family member of our consignor during the late 1920s and early 1930s. All have remained in the family's sole possession since that time and are being offered here for the very first time. Johnson was in his first year as manager of the Washington Senators at the time this postcard was signed, and the fact that it is postmarked from "Tampa, Fla." indicates that he received it, and sent it back, during spring training. The postcard (5.5 x 3.25 inches), which is toned, has two vertical creases (one of which bisects the Johnson signature), as well as a few minor creases. The address side displays adhesive residue from the card having once been mounted, and then removed, from an album. In Very Good condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,185

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