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1949 Kid Nichols Day Souvenir Card - Signed by Kid Nichols

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540

Small illustrated card, issued as a "Souvenir of Kid Nichols Day" on August 16, 1949, signed by "Charles 'Kid' Nichols" in blue ink (grading "9/10") on the front. Nichols, who was seventy-nine years old at the time, had just been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame on June 13, 1949, so it was only natural that the "Co-Operative Club of Kansas City" decided to honor him with a special day two months later (Nichols was a resident of Kansas City, Missouri). We don't know how many of these souvenir cards Nichols signed on that day, but the number was probably quite modest. We have seen a few others over the years (approximately ten), and believe that "Kid" Nichols himself may have had a few extras and sent them out in response to autograph requests. Nichols' signature, in any form, is scarce because he died just four years later, leaving Hall of Fame autograph collectors only a very narrow window of time to acquire his autograph. The card (4 x 6 inches) displays a light vertical crease (extending from the top to bottom border) along the right edge, as well as a few other very light creases, mainly along the corner and edge areas. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.

  Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $540

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