FALL 2012 Auction
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Adrian "Cap" Anson's name is synonymous with 19th Century baseball. A 27-year veteran of the game, he was the founding member of the 3,000 hit club and amassed 3,055 before leaving Major League Baseball in the spring of 1898. After (unhappily) stepping away from the diamond, Anson turned his sights toward business, where he made several unsuccessful investments ranging from ginger beer to owning a billiard hall. He found life as a theater performer somewhat more fulfilling and soon began a new career performing vaudevillian monologues and comedy routines. Presented is a one-page contract pertaining to Anson's days in theater on the "Orpheum Circuit." This imposing 9-by-14-inch contract is signed by Capt. Anson at the bottom, with the notation added in his hand, "and Daughters." Thus did a comedy-variety act known as "Captain Anson and Daughters" commit itself to six performances at a theater in Tacoma, Washington, for the princely sum of $162.69. The contract is pristine and problem free and is matted above a Yellow Hall of Fame Postcard of Anson, with both pieces matted and framed to an overall dimension of 12-by-23 1/2 inches. It is important to note that the majority of documents that have surfaced bearing Anson’s signature feature his abbreviated “A.C. Anson” version as opposed to the scarcer and more desirable “Capt. Anson” autograph presented here.
Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.