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1919-1923 Ross Youngs Signed Album Page (Pat Moran Signature on Other Side) and Original News Photo - PSA/DNA
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $10,800
Vintage autograph album page signed in black fountain pen (grading "9") by Hall of Fame outfielder Ross Youngs. Ideally, Youngs has included his nickname in the signature: "Ross 'Pep' Youngs." The opposite side of the sheet has been signed in black fountain pen ("8/9") by Pat Moran, who has also included his position and team affiliation: "Mr. Pat Moran/Mgr. Cincinnati/Base Ball Club." Moran was only manager of the Reds between the years 1919-1923, thereby dating the autographs to that five-year span. As most collectors are aware, Ross Youngs' signature is extremely rare due to his untimely death in 1927 at the age of thirty. As such, any signature example of Youngs is highly prized by Hall of Fame autograph collectors today. Youngs was one of the top hitters of his era, leading the Giants to four pennants and two World Championships during the 1920s. Over the course of ten seasons he compiled a career average of .322 and was later referred to by manager John McGraw as his "greatest outfielder." He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. The album sheet is accompanied by an original news photo of Youngs that is perfect for display alongside it. The photo (5.25 x 7.5 inches) pictures Young as a member of the Giants posing with a bat at the Polo Grounds. A Central News Photo Service stamp appears on the reverse, as does a date stamp reading "Jun 12 1919." Youngs' name and the editorial notation "Died Oct 1927" are written on the reverse. The album page (6 x 4.5 inches) displays a number of tiny holes along the right border from its original string binding, as well as a tiny edge tear along the base. In Excellent condition overall. The photo has a few light wrinkles and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 2 items (album page and photo). Full LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000++. SOLD FOR $10,800
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