Description1915 J.T. "Chief" Meyers Signed Photograph from The Frank W. Smith Collection, PSA/DNA Type 1.
He was Christy Mathewson's primary catcher, and this marvelous image finds the Ivy-educated Native American star in the seventh and final season of his Giants service. He signs, "Truly Yours, J.T. Meyers, 1915" in 9/10 fountain pen ink. Photo is 7.25x9.5", EX-MT. This appears to be the only Meyers signed photo ever to be sold by a major sports collectibles auctioneer.
Heritage regulars will recall our February 2015 presentation of The Frank W. Smith Collection, a stunning array of signed photographs from the personal collection of a Cleveland-based photographer who documented the Naps' spring training exercises prior to the 1911 baseball season. Most notable within the collection was the finest known signed photograph of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, arguably the most coveted signed baseball image ever offered.
The collection was consigned to Heritage by the person who purchased it from the Smith family, but they apparently didn't get it all. We were contacted after the auction by descendants of Smith, who consigned several photos that were not part of the initial sale. Full LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from SGC Authentic.
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