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    An exceedingly rare Hall of Fame signature!

    1923 Kansas City Monarchs Season Pass Signed by J.L. Wilkinson, PSA/DNA NM 7. He might be the most underrated member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, a name unfamiliar to even the most dedicated fans of our national pastime, but a truly essential figure in the sport's march toward racial equality. Decades before Branch Rickey put his neck on the line to integrate Major League Baseball, James Leslie Wilkinson was fielding teams comprised of both African-Americans and of women, challenging the status quo of not just the sport, but of the national culture itself.

    The most important white man in the history of the Negro Leagues, Wilkinson posted the high-water mark of his baseball significance as owner of the Kansas City Monarchs, a four-time Negro National League Champion. The first of those four pennants would come the season this humble cardboard pass was issued to a fan to grant a full season of free attendance to Kansas City's Association Park. That fan would have been treated to the brilliance of Cuban ace Jose Mendez and Bullet Rogan, each of whom join Wilkinson in Cooperstown bronze.

    We believe this to be just the fourth Wilkinson autograph to appear on the hobby's major auction block in the past two decades, and its appearance on a Monarchs season pass is particularly desirable. His black fountain pen ink rates 7/10, and the card itself presents no condition issues of note. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, NM 7.


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    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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