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Lot # 1203 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1930s Sports-Autograph Collection (27 items, including 18 Government Postcards)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,160

AUTHENTICITY ADDENDUM/CORRECTION: The Joe Louis signature in this lot is a secretarial (sometimes referred to as “ghost- signed”) signature. It is NOT signed by Joe Louis. (It was probably signed for him by a family member helping out with the many signature requests received by mail; this practice was apparently very common with Joe Louis signatures received by mail, not to fool anyone, but to try to make fans happy). Though of nominal value compared to an authentically signed Joe Louis government postcard, it is still a fascinating and desirable accompaniment to this original-owner collection. This is what was sent to our consignor’s relative on the postmarked date of April 9, 1935!

We appreciate boxing autograph expert Travis Roste taking the time to point this out, and upon bringing this to the attention of JSA, note that JSA is in full agreement with Mr. Roste. Autograph authentication in general may have its quirks and errors are always possible, but this is how correcting errors is supposed to work. Thank you Travis and JSA!

Collection of postcards, cuts, and photos, each individually signed by sports stars in the fields of boxing, golf, tennis, billiards, and auto racing. Nearly all of the items in this grouping were originally obtained by a family member of our consignor during the late 1920s and early 1930s. All have remained in the family's sole possession since that time and are being offered here for the very first time. (Our consignor's entire autograph collection, including government postcards signed by baseball stars, is being offered in four separate lots in this auction.) The signatures, scripted in a variety of inks, range from "7" to "10," averaging "9." 1) Boxing (17 total; listed by type of item signed): Government Postcards: Max Baer, Primo Carnero, Joe Louis (Louis is a secretarial signature, see addendum above), James Braddock and Joe Gould (Braddock's manager) on the same card, John Henry Louis, Red Burman, Harry Jeffra, Johnny Dundee, and Benny Bass. Photos (approximately 5 x 8 inches; all are personalized "To Nat Mindell"): Nathan Mann, Maxie Rosenbloom, Vince Dundee, and Fred Apostoli. Hotel Postcard: Muhammad Ali. Cuts: Bill Boyd, Mickey Walker, and Joe Dundee. 2) Tennis (5 total, all government postcards): Eddie Jacobs, Donald Budge, Ellsworth Vines Jr., Bobby Riggs, and Vincent Richards. 3) Golf (3 total, all government postcards): Maureen Orcutt, Tommy Armour, and Harry Vardon. 4) Auto Racing (1 total, on a government postcard): Barney Oldfield. 5) Billiards (1 total; on a hotel postcard): Ralph Greenleaf. All of the government postcards and photos display adhesive residue and surface paper loss on the reverse from having been removed from an album. Some of the government postcards include cut newspaper photos of the respective athlete affixed to the front. In Very Good condition overall with the exception of the Rosenbloom photo (Gd). Total: 27 items (18 government postcards, 4 photos, 3 cuts, and 2 hotel postcards). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,160

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