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Old 03-03-2008, 01:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Olympic Gold: Legendary Jesse Owens Commands $7k

Olympic Gold: Legendary Jesse Owens Commands $7k

A true hobby rarity, a Jesse Owens one-of-one cut signature autograph, from 2007 Playoff National Treasures, was befittingly sold this past February for more than $7,600.

The sale of an Owens cut signature autograph was a hobby first.

Owens, the son of a sharecropper, and the grandson of slaves, became one of the most revered athletes in sports history when he broke five world records and equaled a sixth in front of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Owens has had just four total cards released to date.

1962 H.F. Gardner Sports Stars PC768 *
2002 Topps American Pie
2005 Topps Pristine Legends Signature Marks
2007 Donruss Playoff National Treasures Historical Cuts

This is the first time that Beckett Baseball has ever tracked a sale of an Owens cut signature since the 2005 Topps Pristine Legends Signature Marks issue has yet to publicly surface.

The sale, which exceeded more than $7,500, crushed the set's previous benchmark of $2,200 that was set during an early February auction for a cut signature of baseball's founder, Alexander Cartwright.
-Beckett.com
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