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    1918 Cap Anson Signed Theater Contract. Cap Anson's name is synonymous with 19th Century baseball. A 27-year veteran of the game, he was the founding member of the 3,000 hit club and amassed a total of 3,055 before leaving Major League Baseball in the spring of 1898. After leaving the diamond behind, Anson turned his sights toward business, where he made several unsuccessful investments ranging from ginger beer to owning a billiard hall.

    He found life as a theater performer somewhat more fulfilling and soon began a new career performing vaudevillian monologues and comedy routines. Presented is a one-page contract pertaining to Anson's days in theater on the "Orpheum Circuit." This imposing 9x14" contract is signed by Capt. Anson at the bottom, with the notation added in his hand, "and Daughters." Thus did a comedy-variety act known as "Captain Anson and Daughters" commit itself to up to fourteen performances at a theaters in Stockton, Sacramento, and Fresno, for the hefty sum of $332.50.

    The contract is exhibits general age-related handling wear as well as horizontal creasing from where it was once folded. Erroneous ink blotting in the lower-center of the agreement. It is important to note that the majority of documents that have surfaced bearing Anson's signature feature his abbreviated "A.C. Anson" version as opposed to the scarcer and more desirable "Capt. Anson" autograph offered here. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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