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Abe Lincoln’s Hair Cut card sells for $17,500 by Chris Olds


The 2008 SP Legendary Cuts Hair Cut Signatures card of Abraham Lincoln — a card that includes a cut autograph of the 16th president as well as a lock of his hair — sold for $17,500 last week on eBay.

The card, which appeared in The Wall Street Journal last fall and was displayed at The National last year, was sold through a Beckett Select Auction to a private collector who did not wish to be identified.

The collector did answer a few questions, though:

What cards do you collect?
I mainly collect a particular player’s tough cards and their historically significant issues, be it a challenging insert or certified autograph card.  I am a big Ken Griffey Jr. and Michael Jordan fan.

Why did you buy the card?
I initially was not all that interested in the Lincoln.  I had found the listing for a friend (who by the way is a huge Lincoln fan), who I thought would find the card interesting.  Seeing their reaction got me interested, so I did some research into his prior autograph issues, as well as the hair piece.  I realized just how unique the card was and felt it may be years before it showed up again, if ever.  Upper Deck did a superb job of maintaining the vintage look and feel to the card.  I have seen many cut signatures, as well as certified autograph cards; I feel this is one of the most visually striking cards ever produced.  Kudos to Upper Deck!

Is this the best card you own?
This card ranks right up there as one of the best cards in my collection.  I definitely do not have another one like it!

For more information about Beckett Select Auctions, go here.

The most expensive autograph ever? by Andy Broome

Infamous Cubs fan Steve Bartman was offered $25,000 to appear at this weeks National Sports Collectors Convention and sign one autograph.
Just one signature. Thats all. Pick up pen, sign, put down pen, pick up check.
Not a bad days work in my opinion.
Word comes this week that he will not be accepting the offer and will not show up at the National.
This offer raises an interesting question, what is the most expensive autograph in the world?

No Eric, its not your Josh Hamilton signed printing plate.

According to the webpage:
Profiles in History’s listing in the Guinness Book of Records: AUTOGRAPHS AND SIGNATURES
Most expensive The highest price ever paid on the open market for a single signed autograph letter was $748,000 on Dec. 5, 1991 at Christie’s, New York for a letter written by Abraham Lincoln on 8 Jan 1863 defending the Emancipation Proclamation. It was sold to Profiles in History of Beverly Hills, CA.”

While that certainly is a chunk of change for an autograph, the high price undoubtly has to do with the content of the letter and not the signature itself.
Apparently, some think the highest price paid for a single signature would be the scribblings of William Shakespeare.
There are 6 known copies of his signature, all locked away in institutions.  The six are:
One on a deposition in a legal case
One on his mortgage papers
Three in his will
One on a conveyance for a house in London

Several websites state that if an authentic copy of his ‘graph did surface on the market, expect to pay upwards of $5 million.

Didn’t the guy make his name by writing? There are only 6 examples of his sig? Geez, its probably time to start doing some hunting in England. Anyone pull up the floor boards in his house?

Hair-raising Allen & Ginter Abraham Lincoln by ejahnke
July 25, 2008, 11:13 am
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This new Allen & Ginter card, containing a hair from the sixteenth president of the United States of America, is currently being sold on ebay.  The auction is already at $5,100, with 16 bids, and doesn’t end for another nine days.

Click here to check out the bidding, and if you are one of the bidders, can I borrow a few bucks?

Happy Birthday, Honest Abe by Pepper Hastings

abe.jpgToday is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and his signature still brings big money in auctions. I mean BIG money, like six figures for his autograph on speeches, pardons, military appointments, etc.

This cut signature which was affixed to a photo sold in a Heritage Auction Galleries 2006 event for about $4,500, and is on the low end of Lincoln autographs.

In honor of Honest Abe, Beckett Friends of Military History (BFOMH), a loose-knit organization of people who spend too much time watching PBS and reading dusty books, bring you a refresher course from seventh grade — the text of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered on the battlefield Nov. 19, 1863.

Reading from his own handwriting and in a mere 272 words, Lincoln summarized the significance and the potential consequences of the ongoing Civil War.

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.