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Autographed 1909-1911 T206 White Border Nap Rucker
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $7,200
Autographed T206 tobacco card of Brooklyn Robins pitcher Nap Rucker (throwing pose). Encapsulated by SGC Authentic and accompanied by a full LOA from JSA. Despite the fact that T206 White Border tobacco cards have been so popular and widely collected since 1909, signed examples are extremely rare. Few collectors had either the inclination or opportunity to get cards signed. Autograph collectors had many other options to get different types of items signed and rarely had cards at all, while card collectors were usually only interested in cards, and seldom sought autographs. If the opportunity to get an autograph arose, few fans happened to have a T206 card of the given player handy. To get a T206 card signed took planning or was accomplished with great effort by mail. The interest in autographed cards is relatively recent, and with the passing long ago of players from the 1910 era, every T206 card that is signed is unusual and noteworthy. Nap Rucker lived until 1970, so he was only available for just a short time to collectors who had the inclination, desire, and appreciation of the significance of autographed tobacco cards as the hobby matured through the 1960s and into the 1970s. The fact that Rucker is not a Hall of Fame player, the signatures of whom were much more widely sought after by collectors, is another reason for its extreme rarity. This is only the second example of a signed Nap Rucker T206 card we have ever seen. The first appeared as Lot 198 in our October 2014 auction, where it realized $5,100. Rucker has signed the card vertically in blue ink along the left border, with the signature grading "8/9." The card displays normal handling wear, including rounded corners and a few slight creases. In Very Good condition overall. Regardless of the condition, this is a tremendous prewar collectible that will be of great interest to card and autograph collectors alike and would make a worthy addition to even the most advanced T206 collection. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,200
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