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The Ultimate Joe Kelley STAT Signed Index Card Handwritten Autobiography PSA 9

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The Ultimate Joe Kelley STAT Signed 3x5 Index Card w/ Handwritten Autobiography - The finest and most ideal-for-display Joe Kelley signed item that is known to exist. More than a century after he played his last game and almost seventy-five years since his passing (1943), Joe Kelley remains one of the most elusive and coveted Hall of Fame autographs in the modern hobby. The primary reason for the extreme rarity is timing. In addition to playing his career in an era in which signature collecting was not popular, Kelley passed away in 1943, and wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame until 1971. For nearly thirty years he was simply forgotten by autograph collectors. That lack of foresight by earlier collectors has resulted in Kelley's signature becoming a "holy grail" for anyone trying to assemble a substantial Hall of Fame autograph collection.

This extraordinary piece features not only an impeccable black fountain-pen signature from the Hall of Fame outfielder, but also Kelley's handwritten "baseball biography" in which he lists all of the teams he played for, as well as his years of service with each respective club, including the years he won Pennants. Kelley's full name signature “Joseph J. Kelley” appears on the top line of the card, below which are the following scripted notations (all in Kelley's hand): "Born 1871 Cambridge Mass. Played Lowell New England League, Boston National 1891 Omaha, Pittsburg, Baltimore, 1892 With Baltimore Pennant Winners 1894-95-96- Went to Brookly (sic) 1899 Won Pennant 99-1900 Cincinnati 1902-3-4-5-6 Boston Nationals 1908 -Toronto." The card exhibits no flaws of note and is in perfect condition. It is important to note that this exact item realized a price of $9,400.00 in a 2009 REA auction. Truly a miracle find for the uncompromising hobbyist. Encapsulated and Graded by PSA/DNA, MINT 9.

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