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Old 04-02-2018, 05:37 PM
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I've been wondering what the value of this 1945 Commissioner's contract is worth and thought I'd get opinions here. The contract is between the owners and AB Chandler, and is signed by a Chandler along with a representative of each team and the league including: Connie Mack, Eddie Collins, Branch Rickey, Larry MacPhail, Ford Frick, William Harridge, Clark Griffith, Happy Chandler and others.

I picked this up a pretty recently from one of the less mainstream auction houses. (Happy to list the price shortly, and it's not hard to find by Googling, but would love opinions that are not based on the sale price, since I bid without any clear idea of what the market value would be, and it sold at a somewhat obscure auction house.)

In my mind, Chandler's becoming commissioner played a role in Jackie breaking into the Majors, so it fits my integration collection.

Document is around 12 pages. I'm posting the pages with signatures.

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Old 04-02-2018, 06:40 PM
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Those are some beautiful signatures.
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Old 04-02-2018, 08:16 PM
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On another note, I do think it's funny that JSA thinks that one of the sigs is S.Breador and not S.(Sam)Breadon the owner of the Cardinals.
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Old 04-02-2018, 08:19 PM
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Not sure why this was moved from the memorabilia forum to the autograph subsection. Certainly there are signatures on the contract, but I feel like its significance is not the signatures, but the document, which is a piece of baseball history. Am I wrong?
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Not sure why this was moved from the memorabilia forum to the autograph subsection. Certainly there are signatures on the contract, but I feel like its significance is not the signatures, but the document, which is a piece of baseball history. Am I wrong?
No, I don't think so. I didn't personally move it but I can see why it was. I would have left it there but there are several moderators on our forum and they make decisions too. I mostly let Dan handle this side. I think it could easily go in either place.
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:51 PM
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No, I don't think so. I didn't personally move it but I can see why it was. I would have left it there but there are several moderators on our forum and they make decisions too. I mostly let Dan handle this side. I think it could easily go in either place.
Fair enough, thanks for the response.

Any thoughts on the value?
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:28 AM
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Fair enough, thanks for the response.

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Value- I am sorry but I can't help on that one. Maybe one of the autograph-memorabilia guys will jump in. Good luck with it. It's neat looking.
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My guess is $5,940.
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My guess is $5,940.
I know I saw this auction and the contract was believe it was even advertised in SCD. I agree that the selling price (was it $5,940?) would be the FMV. None of these autographs in itself are truly rare and when I saw the auction, i figured someone is going to buy the piece and cut it up.
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I know I saw this auction and the contract was believe it was even advertised in SCD. I agree that the selling price (was it $5,940?) would be the FMV. None of these autographs in itself are truly rare and when I saw the auction, i figured someone is going to buy the piece and cut it up.
Yep, it went for $5940 with the buyer's premium. Hope the fact that none of them are truly rare will mean that it will ultimately stay intact. It would be a shame for something to survive 70+ years only to be cut up (not saying I think that is the buyer's intention only that I'm sure that will be someone's thought at some point in time).
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