Mastro December 2008
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Alexander J. Cartwright Jr. (1820-1892) is now the acknowledged "Father" of the National Pastime and was so recognized by his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, the second year of eligibility. Many fans, however, still cling to the lore of baseball's initial root and the purported role played by decorated Civil War Union General, Abner Doubleday (1819-1893). Presented is a pair of items dating to the game's early days, which includes the purported inventor of the game and the man who today is recognized as its father figure. Includes: Cartwright Cut Signature - Encapsulated with Autograph Grade MINT 9 by PSA/DNA. A black fountain pen scripting of "Alexander J. Cartwright" on an approximately 1" x 4-1/8" section of paper (apparent EX/MT). Doubleday Signed Letter - Dated September 25, 1843 and measuring 7-3/8" x 9-7/8", this letter is signed "A. Doubleday" in blue ink ("10") and initialed "A.D." ("10") at the bottom of the page. Apparent EX with compacting folds and minor creasing, the page is affixed to a slightly larger, approximately 7-3/4" x 10" page. Attached to the reverse is the page that was used as the transmittal envelope (about 7-1/4" x 9-3/4", apparent EX condition). LOA from PSA DNA and JSA.
"The Faux and the Founder" - Abner Doubleday Signed Letter and Alexander Cartwright Cut Signature (2 Items)
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