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My latest addition -- courtesy of a signed t206 trade with another devoted collector -- two-time World series champion chicago cub Heinie Zimmerman.
Zimmerman also led the NL in batting and home runs during the 1912 season -- missing out on the Triple Crown because Honus Wagner bested him in RBIs. Zimmerman also was suspended from the New York Giants in 1919, along with his friend Hal Chase, for allegedly attempting to convince other players to fix games. Based on a long-term pattern of corruption, including his involvement in a suspicious Giants' loss to the White Sox (ironically) in the 1917 World Series, Zimmerman was permanently banned from baseball by Commissioner Landis.
How many signed T206 Rube Marquard cards exist? I've been keeping track. Click the trio of autographed T206 Marquards below to see the answer!
My collecting dreams were realized when I brought these four "fantasy" cards into my collection.
Signed 1911 OBAK of the 1925 A.L. MVP, and reigning World Champion shortstop for the Washington Senators, Roger Peckinpaugh!
Billy Sullivan May Have Gotten Just One Hall Of Fame Vote In 1937...
...and he may have only hit .191 over 137 games during the 1908 season, but this autographed T206 still outpaces most common T206 players' autographs in terms of value. The only one of it's kind known to the hobby, this is just a tremendous addition to my signed T206 collection, courtesy of the April 30, 2016 Robert Edward Auction.
"A PAIR OF UNKNOWN BEAUTIES!"
"I WISH I LOOKED LIKE THIS PICTURE NOW!"
An amazing collection of over 50 signed Sporting News Supplements (M101-2) came to auction in May 2015. I was fortunate enough to pull down 9 of these unbelievably fragile rarities. An additional pair (Carrigan and Schulte) came home in Robert Edward Auctions almost exactly a year later. The collection comes from the family of Dr. Clarence G. "Doc" Steen, who was a dentist in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Over 70 years ago, Doc Steen had the foresight to have as many players as possible sign these old supplements. If you managed to land any of the balance from this collection, I am always looking to add to it!
Double-Rare Signed Double-Folders
BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND . . .
The latest addition - 1914 Cracker Jack signed by Hall of Famer "Rube" Marquard. Note the team: "Brooklyn - Federals." This is a reference to the short-lived Federal League, Few people realize that Wrigley Field was originally built for the Chicago Whales Federal League team, before being adopted by the Cubs as their home. Signed Cracker Jack cards are exceedingly rare, and this example was boldly signed across his chest--almost like it was meant to be there from the card factory.
BEFORE THE BATTLE!
This amazing signed T202 card of Fred Snodgrass represents a recent addition to my signed pre-war card collection. This represents one of only a handful of known signed T202 cards, and was just added to the hobby as part of a mixed lot of pre-war cards during a recent auction. The winner broke the group up, and sold the "Sno" on ebay a few weeks later, where I snatched it as soon as it became available! Too bad he signed it over his face, but I guess he felt pressed by the facsimile signature at the bottom, and didn't want to sign over McGraw, Davis, or Murray, also featured on the front.
The Great Pittsburgh Find of Signed T206 Cards
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