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1916 PCL Banquet Program Signed by Frank Chance
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,400
Program issued for a testimonial banquet in honor of Frank Chance and the 1916 Los Angeles Angels, Champions of the Pacific Coast League, held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on October 28, 1916, signed by Frank Chance. The four-page program features a printed roster of the club, as well as the menu for the evening. The interior back cover, as noted by the printed notation "Autographs" at the top, was reserved for the acquisition of signatures. The former owner of this program was extremely successful in that endeavor, as thirty-three signatures grace the page, including those of most of the players on the Los Angeles Angels. The most important signature for most collectors today is that of manager and future Hall of Famer Frank Chance, who has boldly signed the program "Frank L. Chance" in pencil (grading "10"). Chance's signature is among the rarest of modern-day Hall of Famers due to his premature passing in 1924 at the age of forty-eight. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946. This is only the second Frank Chance signed item we have offered since 2004 and we have seen very few other examples anywhere during that time. Chance, who suffered serious health issues later in life from having sustained an inordinate amount of "beanings" at the plate during his career (he was notorious for crowding the plate), was owner and manager of the Los Angeles Angels in 1916 and 1917. Additional signers of the program, many of whom either previously or later appeared on a major league roster, include Joe Schultz, Jack Ryan, Pete Standridge, Oscar Horstmann, John Bassler, Harl Maggert, Rube Ellis, Jim Galloway, Charlie Jackson, and Brad Hogg. Many of these signatures are also extremely rare and, though not Hall of Famers, are of great interest to collectors. The signatures are all boldly scripted, averaging "9/10." The program (7 x 9.5 inches), which retains its original multicolor binding strings, displays light-to-moderate handling wear, including light foxing and a tiny stain in the upper right corner of the front cover. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Accompanied by a small, blue-silk pennant (7 inches in length) that has "1916" written on it in what appears to be white paint. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,400
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