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1929 Wilbert Robinson Signed Government Postcard - Single-Owner Provenance
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,666
Government postcard, postmarked March 17, 1929, signed in black fountain pen (grading "8") by Hall of Fame catcher Wilbert Robinson. The vintage, handwritten notation "Brooklyn 'Robins'/Baseball Team/Manager," is neatly printed in black fountain pen above Robinson's signature. 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. Robinson was manager of Brooklyn at the time this card was signed, and the fact that it is postmarked "Clearwater, 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 a light vertical crease that touches upon the "W" in "Wilbert," as well as a few lesser surface wrinkles. The front displays both adhesive residue and surface paper loss from the card having once been mounted, and then removed, from an album. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,666
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