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    Circa 1950 Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Signed "Who's on First?" Photograph. A roster comprised of the most unusually named ballplayers in the game's history served as the premise of the canonical comedy routine that stands to this day as the defining work of Abbott and Costello's partnership. One might reasonably assume, therefore, that photographs such as the presented example are widely available, but that assumption is negated by the fact that this is the first signed photograph of the routine to reach the major hobby auction block in the past dozen years.

    The few autographed items relating to this side-splitting battle of wits between a befuddled prospective ballplayer and the quirky team's manager are typically vinyl recordings of the routine, though a signed baseball did emerge eight years ago, realizing a price just short of $8,000 at auction. From a display standpoint, this relic has all the others beat. The black fountain pen signatures of each comedian waver a point at most from perfection, and the 7x10" image likewise provides no cause for complaint. A charming and quite possibly unique piece of pure, unadulterated Americana, sure to charm generations to come. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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