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1911 T212 Obak Roger Peckinpaugh Signed Card - Beckett/JSA
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,700
1911 T212 Obak tobacco card of Roger Peckinpaugh, signed by Peckinpaugh in blue ink (grading "6") along the top-front border. Encapsulated by Beckett/JSA, with the signature certified as "Authentic." Although baseball tobacco cards remain plentiful in the collecting world, signed examples are extremely rare. The interest in autographed cards is relatively recent, and with the passing long ago of players from the 1910 era, every tobacco card that is signed is unusual and noteworthy. This is the first signed T212 Obak card we have ever seen and one of just a small number of signed tobacco cards we have offered over the years. Because the interest in autographed cards is relatively recent, most collectors never even had a chance to acquire the signatures of players who appeared on tobacco cards. Peckinpaugh died in 1977, which was just around the time when the popularity of autographed cards began to rise.
Obaks, which feature players from the Pacific Coast League, are among the most popular of all early card issues. While catalogued simply as T212, they were actually issued over a period of three years from 1909 to 1911, and are really three sets. The 1911 set is distinct from the two earlier issues by virtue of its red lettering on the reverse. Peckinpaugh is pictured here as a member of the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. Following a brief minor-league career (1910-1911), Peckinpaugh enjoyed a seventeen-year major league career as one of the top defensive shortstops of his era. In 1914 he became the youngest manager in major league history when, at the age of twenty-two, he briefly took the reigns of the New York Highlanders. In 1925 he became the first shortstop to win the MVP Award. As noted earlier, the rarity of signed tobacco cards, and T212 Obaks in particular, almost guarantees that this is the only signed example of this particular card in the hobby, making it especially desirable for both autograph and Obak collectors. The card displays heavy wear, including creases and rounded corners. Fair to Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,700
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