Description1920 Tris Speaker Signed Photograph from The Frank W. Smith Collection, PSA/DNA Type 1.
It's a photographic masterpiece even before we consider the glorious inscription applied by the Grey Eagle just weeks before the Indians would win the 1920 World Series. See the black armbands on Speaker and his teammates behind him? Those are for Ray Chapman, who was killed a month earlier by a Carl Mays fastball. Photo measures 6.75x10.75" with scattered creasing that is only apparent at certain angles to the light. Pencil inscription is 9+/10, and reads, "Tris Speaker, Cleveland, Sept. 23-20."
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 (autograph). Full LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1..
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