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1905 Cap Anson Signed Letter
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,000
One-page typed letter, dated March 23, 1905, signed by Hall of Fame first baseman Adrian "Cap" Anson. This letter, written during Anson's term as City Clerk of Chicago, is one of a very few that originated many years ago directly from the Anson family. In his missive, typed on official "City Clerks Office/Adrian C. Anson/City Clerk" stationery, Anson writes to his daughter Adele regarding her upcoming visit. In part: "Dear Daughter: Enclosed you will find ticket from Des Moines to Chicago and return, which I am pleased to be able to procure for you. . . . Will probably meet you and the baby at the depot. Of course you know that your mother is still in the east and I am uncertain when she will return, however after you get here and wish to see her and think she would come, we might possibly wire her. . . . Your loving Father, A. C. Anson [signed]. " Anson's signature has been scripted in black fountain pen and grades "9."
Anson, one of the game's greatest players, retired from Major League baseball in 1898; however, his post-playing career was marked by both bad business decisions and, in turn, financial troubles. His popularity in Chicago led to his successful election as City Clerk in 1905, but he was criticized for his ineffectiveness and only served one term. At the time of this letter Anson was already witnessing a reversal of fortune that soon resulted in his declaring bankruptcy and losing his home just two years later. Penniless, and forced to live with his children, his final years were spent on the vaudeville circuit, where he performed a stage act with his daughters Adele and Cherry in an effort to make ends meet. When he passed away in 1922 at the age of seventy, the National League pitched in and paid for his funeral. The letter (8 x 10.5 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical folds. A number of the fold lines display tears that have been repaired on the reverse with white tape. There are also two remnants of mounting tape on the reverse left border. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $3,000
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