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    1915 Artist's Guestbook with Exceptionally Rare Autograph from Ray Chapman. Those who participated in our October 2005 Signature auction will almost certainly recall the incredible cut paper silhouette of tragic baseball star Ray Chapman, which held one of the tiny handful of authentic Chapman autographs ever presented for public sale. Fortunately for us, and for our valued bidding clientele, one collector that spotted that listing was the owner of silhouette artist Beatrix Sherman's guestbook from her booth at the Pan Pacific International Exposition of 1915. Clearly this had to have been the venue for the creation of that magnificent piece offered by Heritage in October, as Chapman and several of his Cleveland Indians teammates have signed the guestbook that recorded the visitors to Sherman's booth. For those who might not be familiar with Chapman, he remains one of the toughest and most desirable autographs in the hobby due to his unfortunate distinction of having been the only man killed in Major League Baseball action, the victim of a Carl Mays fastball to the skull on August 16, 1920 in New York City. Chapman's autograph appears on page 213, tagged with the desirable inscription, "Cleveland B.B. Club." An errant hand barely brushed the doomed star's given name, but the autograph otherwise presents as a perfect 10/10. Joining him on his page and the next are fellow ballplayers, most notably a tough, very early signature from Hall of Famer G.C. Alexander, which he tags "Philadelphia Nationals, Philly, Pa." Alexander's autograph is likewise 10/10. Other members of the Indians signing are James Scott, Steve O'Neill, Ed Klepfer, ZZ Hagerman, William Mitchell, Robert Roth, Terry Turner, Thomas Daly, C.R. Garrett and more. Certainly on the 218 pages that comprise this fascinating volume there must be a hidden gem or five, but we'll note Sherman's opening inscription, Mary Pickford, silent film actor Arthur Ashley, aviator Art Smith, opera singer Nadia Gory and boxing legend Jack Dempsey. A few of Sherman's silhouettes are pasted on the pages inside as well, truly charming and skilled work. The leather bound volume remains in wonderful condition, with mild wear to the exterior but no damage whatsoever to the interior pages. The hundreds of autographs all remain in exactly the same condition as when they were penned nine decades ago. LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    May, 2006
    6th Saturday
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