The lithographic representation of photographs makes the T206 set a colorful illustration of players from a bygone era. But, T206 cards acquire a special vitality when they capture a player’s signature on his card. A signed T206 card brings the holder back in time, not only to when the player took the field, but also to when he held that card and signed his name, giving the card an incomparable personal touch.
Thanks in large part to memorabilia collector Dan Bretta, I have taken some tremendous strides in recent weeks putting back together the collection of Clarence “Doc” Steen, who may just be the first serious through-the-mail autograph seeker in baseball history. Over about a three-year period (1939-1941), Doc Steen amassed quite the collection of pre-war player autographs on Sporting News and Baseball Magazine supplements (M101-2s, M113s, and M114s), George Burke Photos, and other photographs. Click here or on his photo above to see the latest on my efforts to reconstitute Steen’s old collection.
Tracking Down The Origins Of Signed Cigarette Cards
A lot of suspicion with respect to the authenticity of signed pre-ward cards is driven by the experience of hobbyists, most or whom never even heard of or saw authentic signed pre-war cards being discussed in any public hobby magazine or forum until the last 10 or 15 years. So, with a lot of help from fellow hobbyists, I have been reviewing dozens of old hobby publications from the 1950s and 60s to try to uncover some evidence of their existence. Click the image above to read all about it!
John Milton “Jack” Warhop
Wagner v. Wagner
Collection of a Lifetime
Signed 1911 OBAK of the 1925 A.L. MVP, and reigning World Champion shortstop for the Washington Senators, Roger Peckinpaugh!
"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. 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. I have been fortunate enough to acquire 17 of these unbelievably fragile rarities, highlighted by a beautifully signed Tris Speaker. 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 . . .
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.
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