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A.G. Spalding 1911 Autographed Copy of "America's National Game" -- PSA/DNA 10

Lot Number 397

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Arguably baseball’s most consummate advocate, Albert G. Spalding authored an impressive resume that saw him: compile 47 mound triumphs for the 1876 White Stockings; publish the first official set of baseball rules; and organize an 1888-1889 world tour promoting baseball and sporting goods. Thus, it stands to good reason that the autograph of this diamond pioneer is among the most scarce and coveted in the hobby. A most appropriate medium, this vintage hard cover copy of America’s National Game (1911, American Sports Publishing) is signed by its innovative author. Along with a salutation and personalization on the fly leaf, Spalding (d.1915) has rendered a black-ink fountain pen scripting that has been Graded 10 by PSA/DNA, with an inscription reading “New York Oct. 13, 1911.” Of note is Spalding's personalization "To my old friend John A. Lowell," citing his ties with the baseball and Boston Lowells pioneer. There is wear about the spine and the fly leaf has been mended by a strip of tape, though neither of these details affects the prominent autograph. Full photo LOA from JSA. The item has a reserve (estimated value $5000-$8000)

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