Lot # 109: Circa 1909 Cleveland Naps Real-Photo Postcard with Addie Joss

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 30 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2018",
which ran from 10/5/2018 5:00 PM to
10/28/2018 7:00 PM

Rare real-photo postcard featuring Hall of Fame pitcher Addie Joss posing on the bench with three of his Cleveland teammates. Addie Joss, who passed away tragically in 1911 at the age of 31 from tubercular meningitis, was one of the greatest pitchers of his era. Because of his untimely death, vintage Addie Joss photos in general, and real-photo postcards in particular, are rare and seldom offered at public sale. This is the first example of this particular postcard we have ever seen. Joss was not only an exceptional pitcher, but one of the game's most well-liked and respected players. Cleveland's home opener in April 1911 was canceled so players could attend his funeral, and later that year a special memorial all-star game was held by the players to raise money for his family. On the mound, Joss had few equals. He twice led the American League in ERA, and his lifetime ERA of 1.89 is second only to Ed Walsh. In his nine seasons, all of which were spent with the Cleveland, he won twenty or more games four times, including a career-high 27 wins in 1907. A perfect game and no-hitter are also among his impressive list of achievements. Because Joss played only nine seasons, one fewer than required for Hall of Fame eligibility, his election to the Hall was delayed until 1978, when the Veteran's Committee finally decided to overlook the rule and let him take his rightful place alongside the game's other immortals. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches), which has been addressed and mailed (postmarked March 19, 1909), displays a small corner chip in the lower right, and moderate creasing in the lower left and right quadrants. Encapsulated and graded POOR 10 by SGC. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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