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Grover Alexander Signed 1931 W517 Card with Return Envelope in Alexander’s Hand—JSA/SGC Authentic

Lot Number 737

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The final playing era card of Grover (Old Pete) Alexander is also perhaps his finest. The ravages of a harsh upbringing, trench warfare, alcoholism and epilepsy are all etched onto the Hall of Famer's weathered face on the 1931 W517 #15 strip card. Quite simply, it is a poignant baseball card that tells the story of a sometimes defeated man whose post career life reads like a Rand McNally map. Judged as “Authentic” by JSA and encapsulated by SGC, an ambitious autograph hound tracked down Alexander (d.1950) in California and had him inscribe this one-of-a-kind 1931 W517 #15 portrait. Penned vertically in black ink, the flowing 3-1/2” exemplar registers a strong (“8”) in both strength and clarity. Although the canvas displays moderate creasing, the combination of subject and signature overwhelms any technical imperfection. Interestingly, the original envelope which housed this card and is penned entirely in Alexander’s hand is postmarked March 28, 1934 from Avalon, California. At that point in 1934, the Chicago Cubs were using that location as their spring training home. Although not listed as either coach or player for the squad, one can surmise that the cash strapped Alexander was in California to latch on with the franchise in some capacity. Auction LOA from JSA for the return envelope. This item has a reserve. Estimated value ($3500+).

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