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Circa 1900 Adrian "Cap" Anson Signed Baseball. Though this rookie with the 1871 Rockford Forest Citys would prove to be baseball's first great star and the founder of the 3,000 Hit Club, Anson remains one of the toughest autographs to locate on the defining tool of his trade. While his post-baseball employment in Chicago city government has provided the hobby with more autographs than just about any other 19th century star, the amount of Cap Anson autographed horsehide to have reached the hobby could be counted on Mordecai Brown's pitching hand.

This Official National League baseball convincingly presents as a six-figure single, but we must report that the jet black side panel signature was enhanced by an early owner. The experts at PSA/DNA also make note of signature removals throughout, though we can detect no instances of this with the naked eye. An ancient coating of shellac accounts for the tobacco shade of the toning. Despite any shortcomings, the key, undisputed fact that this is a genuine Cap Anson signed baseball should not be dismissed. For all but the smallest fraction of a percentile of collectors lacking Anson in their Hall of Fame or 3,000 Hit collection, this may well be the only opportunity to change that status. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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August, 2011
4th Thursday
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