Lot 1032: Referred to as the 'Father of Baseball,' Cartwright (1820–1892) and his fellow New York Knickerbocker Ball Club members devised the modern rules of the game. Partly-printed DS, filled out and signed in the body by Cartwright, "Alxr. J. Cartwright," one page, 8 x 3, September 24, 1871. A receipt for a payment of $150 filled out entirely by Cartwright except for the recipient's name at the bottom, "M. Paiko." Beautifully signed in the first line by Cartwright. Encapsulated in a plastic PSA/DNA authentication holder. In fine condition. In 1849 Cartwright headed for California with the gold rush in mind, introducing baseball throughout the country during the journey. Failing to strike it rich, he decided to go to Hawaii, where he established his permanent residence and became active in various business endeavors. One of his business associates was Manuel Paiko, a Portuguese cattle rancher for whom Cartwright did bookkeeping work; he also helped settle Paiko's estate after his death in 1890. Cartwright is one of the rarest autographs of any baseball Hall of Famer, and this is an ideal example in exceptional condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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