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Ultra Rare 19th Century Player George Van Haltren Signed Cut, One of Only Four Examples Known - JSA Full LOA

Lot Number 1001

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It would be hyperbolic to say that George Van Haltren was bona fide Hall of Fame material. But the pitcher-turned-outfielder has been called the "premier leadoff man" of his era. From 1887 to 1903, Van Haltren batted a career .316 with over 2,500 hits, nearly 600 stolen bases and almost 900 walks! Some even credit him with inventing the "Baltimore Chop," a style of bounding grounder made notorious by Ned Hanlon's Orioles. Later, under his mentor Monte Ward, Van Haltren played for the Giants in the legendary 1894 Temple Cup. How in the world has this once-popular star been lost to the sands of time?! George Van Who? Perhaps one reason is the paucity of his autographs—fewer than a handful of surviving examples anywhere in the hobby. The adopted Oaklandite died at age 79 in 1945, shortly after appearing publicly with Ty Cobb and Tony Lazzeri. His elusive blue-ink "8" signature, "Geo. E. Van Haltren," appears on a vintage scrapbook-style cut measuring 1-1/4" x 4-1/2", with an additional unidentified signature of "John N. Thomas." VG-EX condition. No sense waiting for the next blue moon if Van Haltren is a void in your 19th-century autograph collection! Full LOA from JSA.

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