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1891 Morgan Bulkeley State of Connecticut Signed Appointment
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,320
State of Connecticut appointment, dated July 1, 1891, signed by Morgan Bulkeley (1837-1922), first President of the National League. Bulkeley has signed this document, "M. G. Bulkeley," in black fountain pen (grading "9") in his capacity as governor of Connecticut. Also signed by secretary of state R. Jay Walsh. The document appoints Charles A. Elliott as director of the state prison from "July 1st 1891 until the next regular session of the General Assembly." The official embossed seal of the state of Connecticut appears in the lower left corner. Bulkeley was unanimously elected as the first president of the National League in 1876. Prior to that, he had been president of the Hartford Dark Blues of the National Association. Bulkeley made a great contribution to the game during the National League's inaugural season by reducing gambling and drinking. However, after just one season he left baseball to pursue his interests in business, as president of the Aetna Insurance Company, and politics, serving two terms as Mayor of Hartford, four years as Governor of Connecticut (1889-1893), and six years as Senator (1905-1911). Despite his brief tenure as president of the National League, Bulkeley was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. Because Bulkeley passed away fifteen years prior to his Hall of Fame induction, his signature is scarce in any form. This is an especially desirable Bulkeley signed item because of its official nature (authenticity of the signature is virtually guaranteed) and its outstanding display value. The fold-over document (15.75 x 11.25 inches), which is both printed and handwritten on heavy paper stock, displays three vertical folds, a slight edge tear along the base of the the center vertical fold, and a few small, scattered areas of light discoloration along the right border. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,320
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