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    1939 James Naismith Signed Card with Incredible Inscription. Try following the path of history back to the origin of baseball, hockey or football and you'll find only a tangled jumble of the genetics of various predecessors from rounders to rugby, but there is a single name on the birth certificate of the sport of basketball, and that name appears here in unimprovably bold black fountain pen ink. When the winter of 1891 descended upon the sleepy town of Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. James Naismith innovated a new indoor sport that would spread from the YMCA gymnasium to every corner of the globe.

    Naismith would preach the gospel of his invention for nearly a half century before he passed away in November 1939 at the age of seventy-eight, and one fan found the aging innovator shortly before his death, coming away from that meeting with a special souvenir he'd glue to an antique scrapbook page for safe keeping. The full inscription reads, "With kindest regards of its inventor in Springfield, Mass 1891, James Naismith, Lawrence, Kans, 1939." The card measures 4x2.5" in size, its scrapbook page measuring approximately 15x11". Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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