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1948 Branch Rickey Signed Brooklyn Dodgers Stock Certificate
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,400
Brooklyn Dodgers stock certificate signed in black ink (grading "10") along the base by team president Branch Rickey. The attractive design of the certificate features a finely rendered engraving of Ebbets Field along the top, with illustrations of baseball equipment pictured below the corporate name, "Brooklyn National League Baseball Club." Baseball vignettes also adorn each corner. The certificate, dated June 14, 1948, confers ten shares of common capital stock to "Marie McKeever Mulvey," In addition to Rickey's signature, the certificate is also signed in blue ink by team treasurer John Smith. The word "Canceled" and the date "12/18/53" are written in black ink across the front. Formal acknowledgment of the stock's transfer is recorded on the reverse and is signed by "Marie McKeever Mulvey" in blue ink (grading "10"). Marie McKeever Mulvey was the daughter of Stephen McKeever, who was owner of the Dodgers from 1925 until his death in 1938, at which time his ownership stake passed to his daughter, Marie, and her husband, James Mulvey. In 1950 Walter O'Malley assumed majority control of the club, but the Mulvey's retained minority ownership until O'Malley finally bought them out completely in 1975. The certificate (12.5 x 9.25 inches) displays three light vertical folds, staple holes in the upper and lower left corners, and a few tiny edge tears. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,400
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