1909 E91-B American Caramel Rube Marquard, signed by Marquard on the front. PSA/DNA has encapsulated the card; certifying the signature as "Authentic" and grading the card PR 1. This is one of only two examples of this particular signed card listed in the PSA Population Report. Marquard has signed the card in blue felt-tip pen, with the signature grading "7." The E91 set is sometimes referred to as the "fake design" set because the company used generic illustrations, rather than actual likenesses, of ballplayers. Thus, the exact same drawing (with team change on the uniform) was used for two or three different players. Signed examples of early baseball cards such as this are the exception rather than the rule. The interest in signed cards is relatively recent, and with the passing long ago of players from the 1910 era, every signed candy or tobacco card from that time period is unusual and noteworthy. Rube Marquard was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971 and died in 1980, so he was one the few players available from the E91-B set that was accessible, albeit for a short time, to Hall of Fame collectors who appreciated the significance of autographed baseball cards. This is the first signed example of this card we have ever offered and we cannot recall the last time we saw another. The card displays heavy creasing throughout. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).