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Autographed 1909-1911 T206 White Border Wid Conroy (Signed Twice)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $6,000
Autographed T206 tobacco card of Washington Senators infielder/outfielder Wid Conroy (fielding pose), signed on both the front and reverse. 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. Wid Conroy only lived until 1959, thereby insuring the rarity of his signature in any form, let alone on a T206 card. Conroy's death also occurred at a time when few collectors would have had the inclination, desire, and appreciation of the significance of autographed tobacco cards to seek out former players (the hobby did not mature in that regard until the 1960s and 1970s). The fact that Conroy 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 the only example of a signed Wid Conroy T206 card we have ever seen. Conroy has signed the card on the front ("Wid Conroy") in green ink near the right bottom corner. While the signature grades "9," the contrast between the ink and green background is less than optimal. Conroy must have noticed that, which is probably why he chose to sign the reverse in green ink as well, where he has scripted "Wm. Wid Conroy" (grading "9/10"). The card displays normal handling wear, including rounded corners and two moderate-to-heavy creases. In Fair to 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 $6,000
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