Spring 2020 Premier Auction - Closes April 11
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For several years during our friendship with Ted Patterson, this colorful baseball game featuring the likeness and endorsement of Walter Johnson sat on display in his basement bar, a wonderful room filled with advertising display materials, autographed baseballs, and game-used apparel.  A reasonably common item, hobby-wise, it almost didn't register with us, amidst all the amazing items around it.  When preparing our Fall, 2019 auction, we earmarked the game to be a part of that catalog, but it wasn't until we set the box aside for photography purposes that we discovered what made the game special - Walter Johnson's autograph, applied across his arm!

Advertised as "Next Best to the Real Game," the game itself is a simple, dice-driven game with small game pieces and a special spinning top to determine the outcome of "plays."  Most of the components of the game are missing; a few score sheets and the rarely-found inspector's voucher are present, and the playing surface is clean.  As is the case with most surviving examples, the box is well-worn, with many tears and weak areas, along with several pronounced surface creases.  The signature, applied in steel-tip fountain pen, does exhibit some fading, yet is clearly legible and visible on the box.  One of only a handful of signed examples of which we are aware, an exceptional collectible, an officially-endorsed game signed by the "Big Train."

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Signed 1930 Walter Johnson (HOF) Board Game (JSA)
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Minimum Bid: $400
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,080
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
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