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    The only known game worn Plank item in private hands!

    1909-14 Eddie Plank Game Worn Philadelphia Athletics Cap, MEARS Authentic. He learned his trade on the blood-soaked grounds of America's most hallowed battlefield, fashioning his slab of baseball immortality with a sidearmed curveball that earned him 326 Major League victories. The third-winningest southpaw of all time behind Warren Spahn and Steve Carlton, "Gettysburg Eddie" is best recalled for his fourteen seasons of service to the first great Philadelphia Athletics dynasty.

    In the collecting hobby, Mr. Plank is synonymous with supreme rarity, his tragic early passing at age fifty in 1926 dashing the hopes of all but the most intrepid and well-funded autograph collectors. Even collectors of the hobby's most celebrated (and plentiful) tobacco issue are undone by Plank, whose entry in the American Tobacco Company's magnum opus was doomed to near extinction by the unfortunate destruction of his printing plate early in the production process.

    But Plank autographs and T206's seem downright common when compared to the available population of game used material from the superstar southpaw--in fact, we cannot find any record of any other specimen having reached the hobby's auction block. We believe this to be the only artifact from Plank's baseball wardrobe in private hands.

    And what a glorious piece to survive, a pillbox-style cap from the glory years of Connie Mack's first dynasty that would be worth a tidy sum even without attribution to an immortal of our national pastime. The style is instantly evocative of that dominant herd of white elephants which stormed to four pennants and three World Championships between 1910 and 1914.

    Attribution to Plank comes in a number of forms, first in the vintage ink at interior crown reading "E.P." No other player on the A's roster from this era matches that monogram. A notarized letter of provenance tells of derivation from Gettysburg, where Plank returned to open a Buick dealership after his retirement from baseball.

    And, finally, a painstaking research project by Resolution Photomatching fell short of proclaiming a definitive match to period imagery, but their experts note a loose thread in one image that perfectly matches the subject cap, along with every other aesthetic feature. It is only due to a lack of sufficient image clarity that Resolution errs on the side of caution, writing, "Based on these characteristics, while they are not clear enough to make a conclusive photomatch, we believe it is probable that the hat seen in this photo is the hat pictured above." We suspect that our bidding clientele will be as convinced as we are of a match when viewing the evidence. Letter of provenance from family of owner. LOA from Resolution Photomatching. Letter of Opinion from Sports Investors Authentication. LOA from MEARS Authentic. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
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