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1946 Morris "Moe" Berg Signed Nuremberg Trials Ticket....

2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas #7105

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Auction Ended On: May 16, 2014
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Dallas, TX 75219

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1946 Morris "Moe" Berg Signed Nuremberg Trials Ticket. He was one of the most fascinating figures in baseball history despite his limited athletic talents, a Princeton-educated multi-linguist who joined legendary players like Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx on the 1934 Tour of Japan for the purpose of espionage on behalf of the OSS, the precursor to the modern-day Central Intelligence Agency. Here we find an autograph from the man Casey Stengel once called "the strangest man ever to play baseball," provided in the most intriguing format we've ever encountered, a ticket for the "International Military Tribunal" of Nazi Germany war criminals, better known to history as the Nuremberg Trials. Berg's black fountain pen ink survives at 8/10 strength, and the ticket (2x4") appears NRMT, though has not been examined outside of the mat. Visitors were instructed to sign their tickets, so this specimen derives from Berg's personal collection. It is particularly noteworthy that the ticket is for Session 189, which focused primarily upon the persecution and extermination of Jews in Nazi concentration camps, as well as Hitler's manipulation of his cabinet and the German people. As a member of the Jewish faith, Berg surely witnessed the proceedings with particular interest and sadness. The ticket is part of a lovely framed display that measures 18x22". Our last offering of a Berg signed Nuremberg ticket realized $8,963 in April 2010. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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