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    1940's Eddie Collins Signed Albertype Hall of Fame Plaque, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8. His playing career spanned a full quarter century, a display of brilliance and endurance that would see him retire in 1930 with the fifth most hits (3,315) in Major League history. He'd continue on for seventeen more seasons as coach and general manager before failing health drove him into seclusion following the 1947 season. He'd pass away four years later.

    Surely it is that rather limited period of public interface between Collins' enshrinement as part of Cooperstown's 1939 inaugural class and his 1947 retirement from baseball that accounts for the profound dearth of his signed Hall of Fame plaques today. Fewer than five examples have appeared on the hobby's major auction block in the past twenty years.

    This is a particularly attractive example of that elite rarity, autographed in the wide lower border of the postcard in 8/10 black fountain pen ink. We can attribute its fine condition to a long life sequestered inside a vintage scrapbook, and it remains affixed to that 11x8.5" black construction paper backing today. It's a rare and thrilling opportunity to place an X to a box that remains empty on virtually every collector's checklist. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, NM-MT 8.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 17
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