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1939 Fred Merkle Signed Government Postcard
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $600
Government postcard signed in black fountain pen (grading "9/10") by former New York Giants first baseman Fred Merkle, A cut newspaper photo of Merkle and related newspaper caption have been affixed to the front of the card. The reverse bears the name of the recipient "Mr. George Pabst Jr.," and a January 21, 1939, postmark. Merkle, of course, will forever be remembered for his base-running mistake, known today as "Merkle's Boner," in a 1908 game against the Chicago Cubs that eventually cost the Giants the pennant. Signature examples of Merkle, who died in 1956, are scarce and this is the first signed government postcard (or similar item) we have ever offered. The postcard (5.5 x 3.25 inches) displays a few areas of scattered toning, including one where a former newspaper clipping was once affixed, a crease in the lower right corner and both surface paper loss and residue on the reverse from having once been affixed in an album. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $600
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