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1909-1911 T206 White Border Autographed Frank Baker
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $9,000
Autographed T206 tobacco card of Philadelphia Athletics Hall of Famer Frank Baker. Despite the fact that T206 White Border tobacco cards have been so popular and widely collected since 1909, signed examples are extremely rare. Few collectors had either the inclination or opportunity to get cards signed. Autograph collectors had many other options to get different types of items signed and rarely had cards at all, and card collectors were usually only interested in cards, and rarely sought autographs. If the opportunity to get an autograph arose, few fans happened to have a T206 card of the given player handy. To get a T206 card signed took planning or was accomplished with great effort by mail. The interest in autographed cards is relatively recent, and with the passing long ago of players from the 1910 era, every T206 card that is signed is unusual and noteworthy. Frank Baker only lived until 1963, so he was available to collectors who had the inclination, desire, and appreciation of the significance of autographed tobacco cards for just a short time as the hobby matured through the 1960s and into the 1970s. Signed vertically across his chest in bold blue ballpoint pen, the card presents well with a crisp image but would technically grade Fair to Good due to a diagonal crease in the upper right corner. Regardless of the condition, this is a tremendous prewar collectible that will be of great interest to card and autograph collectors alike and would make a worthy addition to even the most advanced T206 collection. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,000
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