The Great Pittsburgh Find of Signed T206
With the help of fellow collector Ray Piskadlo, I have identified 55 autographed T206 cards that comprise the Great Pittsburgh Find of Signed T206s, which took place during the summer of 2007.
What we think we know is that the original owner was a sportswriter. His heir began to make the rounds of Pittsburgh dealers, including "ctang50" and "r.c.means" on ebay. He also hit the Pittsburgh show that year, and met with several autograph dealers.
The sportswriter who compiled this collection likely did so through the mail. He also had numerous letters written by the players, but only sold one of them. It is interesting to see this man's obsession with obtaining signatures on these tobacco cards. He had the gumption to send at least 11 to Larry Doyle alone. While this might have been overkill or even inappropriate to do at the time, it is somewhat ironic that collectors today only wish that he had sent more!
What I am showing here are the 55 cards that came from this collection before, during and after many were posted (or were to be posted) on ebay. Fortunately, I still own many of these.
If you have any of these -- or think you may have additional cards from this find in Pittsburgh -- please email me!