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1933 Mordecai Brown Signed Postcard
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $5,400
Scarce signature example of Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown. Brown has flawlessly scripted his name in black fountain pen (grading "10") on the reverse of a 1933 Chicago World's Fair postcard. While it is uncommon to find a Brown signature on any item, we are not surprised to see it on this particular postcard, which pictures the "Havoline Thermometer" (which at a height of 218 feet, made it the world's largest thermometer). The thermometer was built to draw attention to Texaco's World's Fair exhibit that demonstrated the production of oil and its transport. Brown, in his job as fire marshal for the company, was hired to oversee the exhibit during its two-year run. Afterwards, Brown opened up his own Texaco gas station in his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana, which he owned until his death in 1948. This postcard is new to the hobby and was just recently obtained by our consignor from the grandson of the gentleman who personally obtained it in 1933. At the time of the transaction, the grandson composed a two-page handwritten letter (included) in which he attests to the postcard's provenance, as well providing a narrative of his grandfather's love of baseball and his gregarious nature. Mordecai Brown was one of the greatest pitchers of the early twentieth century and his lifetime ERA of 2.06 ranks fourth best all-time. Any and all signature examples of Brown are relatively scarce today, mainly because he passed away in 1948, one year prior to his election to the Hall of Fame. The postcard (3.25 x 5.5 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $5,400
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