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1912 Olympics Autograph Album Including Jim Thorpe, George Patton, Duke Kahanamoku, and Avery Brundage
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,200
Small autograph album featuring the signatures of numerous athletes, officials, and dignitaries who participated in or attended the 1912 Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden. The overwhelming majority of the signatures are those of American athletes, nearly all of whom have included their respective event(s) below their names. The most notable signature in the album is that of Jim Thorpe, who won two gold medals at the games. Thorpe's signature and inscription, which is executed in black fountain pen (grading "8" overall), takes up half a page and reads "James Thorpe/Carlisle, Pa./All round man." An additional green-ink notation (not in Thorpe's hand) reading "Indian" appears the right of his signature. Thorpe's signature shares a page with the signature of runner Harold Heiland. Thorpe was indeed an "all round man" at the 1912 Olympics, winning gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon. Also featured in this album are the signatures of the following well-known participants, one of whom went on to fame in a career other than athletics: 1) George Patton Jr. Signed in pencil ("9") alone on a page: "George S. Patton Jr./U.S. Army/Modern Pentathlon." Patton finished fifth in the event. before embarking on his legendary military career as one of the Unites States' top generals. 2) Duke Kahanamoku. Signed in black fountain pen ("9") alone on a single page: "Duke P. Kahanamoku/Hui Nalu Club/Honolulu, T. H./Swims 100 meters & 800 meters relay/U.S.A." A few additional contemporary green-ink notations appear on the page as well. Kahanamoku won a gold medal in the 100-meter race and a silver in the 800-meter relay. He later won an additional five Olympic medals, including another gold, in the 1920 and 1924 Games. He is best remembered today for popularizing the sport of surfing. 3) Avery Brundage. Signed in pencil ("9") alone on a page: "Avery Brundage/Chicago Athletic Association/All around." Brundage, along with Thorpe, competed in both the pentathlon and decathlon, finishing sixth and sixteenth in each event, respectively, He later became the fifth president of the International Olympic Committee, serving in that capacity from 1952 to 1972. Additional signatures in this book, both in ink and pencil, are those of James E. Sullivan (president of AAU), Sam Bellah (pole vault), George Philbrook (decathlon, discus, shot put), Pat McDonald (gold medal in shot put), Harry Hebner (gold medal in swimming), Matt McGrath (gold medal in hammer throw), Ralph Rose (gold medal in two-handed shot put), Alma Richards (gold medal in high jump), J. E. "Ted" Merideth (gold medal in 800 meters), and Albert Gutterson (gold medal in long jump). A total of ninety-one signatures are contained in the album, with signatures averaging "8/9." The album (4.25 x 2.5 inches) has decorative metal covers, with the front displaying a building (possibly the Royal Palace) and the lettering "Stockholm - Slottet." The covers display moderate-to-heavy wear, with the pages displaying light toning. In Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,200
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