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1935 Max Carey Signed Passport

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540

United States passport issued to Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey on September 12,1935. A United States passport is a particularly rare and substantial official document for any player, all the more so as it includes a portrait photograph and (often) a rare full-name signature example, as is the case here. Carey's real name was Max George Carnarius, and he has signed the passport three times in that manner, twice in blue ink, and once in black ink across his photo. (The passport makes note that Max George Carnarius is known as Max Carey.) The passport actually features an additional blue-ink Carey signature because Carey has scripted the name "Mrs. Max G. Carey" as the person to notify in case of death or accident while he is abroad. All of the signatures are boldly scripted and grade "9/10." Carey used this passport while coaching Les Mann's All-American Baseball Team during the club's 1935 tour of Japan! The All-American team, which was made up of college players, departed on October 18th and returned to the United States on December 3rd. During the tour, the club played twenty games, including many against the top teams in the Tokyo University League. The 32-page passport (3.75 x 6.25 inches), which only records Carey's travel to Japan that fall, displays two clipped corners on the front cover, and one clipped interior page. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.  Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $540

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