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1950 Rabbit Maranville Signed Sheet with Original Mailing Envelope and Cut Signature
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $593
Two signature examples of Hall of Fame shortstop Rabbit Maranville. The first, on a blank sheet of New York Journal American letter head, is flawlessly inscribed in black fountain pen " 'Yours in Sports'/Rabbit Maranville/Boston Braves/1912-1935," with both the text and signature grading "10." Ideally, the sheet is accompanied by its original New York Journal American mailing envelope, postmarked December 4, 1950. This sheet was originally obtained decades ago by our consignor's husband, a lifelong autograph collecto,r who, starting in his teens, began the practice of writing players to ask for their autographs. It has remained in the family's sole possession since the day it was acquired! Maranville was employed by the New York Journal American as director of sandlot baseball programs at the time this sheet was signed. He died just four years later at the age of 61, which was the same year he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a result, his signature remains very scarce today. The sheet (8.5 x 7.25 inches) displays a horizontal mailing fold and an irregular trim along the base. Without reference to the trimmed bottom border it remains in Excellent condition. The mailing envelope (9.25 x 4 inches) is in Very Good to Excellent condition. The second item is a cut signature of Maranville, scripted in black fountain pen (grading "10"), that has been affixed (by means of clear tape; brown with age) to a blank index card (5 x 3 inches); the cut also displays additional tape residue along all sides, with nearly all of the tape pieces touching upon the signature. The name of another individual (not our consignor's husband) appears stamped on the reverse of the index card, indicating that the second signature was probably acquired via trade or purchase. Vg-Ex. Total: 2 items. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $593
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