Item ID: 610572 INV ID: 548797 Watch Listing
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Ned Hanlon was a player from 1880-1892 and was a HOF manager from 1889-1907, well known as the manager of the historically great Baltimore Orioles teams of the mid-1890s. Hanlon died in 1937, sixty years before becoming a HOFer (1996). An innovative manager, Hanlon was credited with inventing the hit and run play and the infamous Baltimore Chop among other innovations. Hanlons autograph is extremely rare, cuts have sold for over $10,000 in the past. Offered is something truly remarkable, a real contract for a player named Bill Hoffer to play for the Baltimore Orioles in 1897. Hoffer was the number one starter on this legendary team, amassing a 22-11 record in 1897 (not signed by Hoffer, we believe this was his personal copy of the contract). This is an extremely attractive larger format contract that would have substantial value even unsigned given the team and pre-1900 period. Vitally, this is signed by Hanlon, a fine flowing fountain pen signature that contrasts perfectly against the clean document. High quality contracts have been on fire in recent years, we would respectfully suggest that this is one of the very best pieces out there. This originally sold in 2009 in the hobby for $41,825.