Summer, 2018 Auction - Closes August 11, 2018
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Wonderful and rare, limited edition presentation first edition of G. W. Axelson's book Commy. One of just 200 special presentation copies given to Comiskey to sign as a "special subscription edition."  The presentation copies are identified by the beautiful embossed cover, as well as the notation on an interior page identifying it as such.  Each of the 200 presentation copies were numbered, this example being number 53.  Comiskey's signature was applied boldly in black fountain pen underneath the text.  Ironically, the book was published in 1919, the year Comiskey's White Sox reached the World Series, only to be involved in the greatest scandal in the history of the game.  As many players noted Comiskey's thriftiness as a reason for throwing the World Series, this 1919 signed book may be one of the greatest of all Black Sox-related items.

These presentation issues are among the most desirable of all Comiskey collectibles.  Comiskey signatures are much more rare than once believed, as we have learned that many signatures previously believed to be that of the Hall of Famer were actually signed by White Sox team secretary Harry Grabiner.  

The book itself appears to be in strong condition, with some professional restoration apparent in the form of a repaired spine, as well as what appears to be some minor recoloring to the outer corners of the front cover.  The repaired spine was most certainly conducted in an effort to restore the book as opposed to deceive; with so few examples in existence it is important to preserve as many of the existing specimens as possible.  The signature page is unaffected by the work, of course, and the beautiful graphics of the cover also remain untouched.  Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

Beautiful Charles Comiskey (HOF) Signed, Limited, Presentation Edition of Commy (JSA)Beautiful Charles Comiskey (HOF) Signed, Limited, Presentation Edition of Commy (JSA)Beautiful Charles Comiskey (HOF) Signed, Limited, Presentation Edition of Commy (JSA)
Beautiful Charles Comiskey (HOF) Signed, Limited, Presentation Edition of "Commy" (JSA)
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Minimum Bid: $300
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,476
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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