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Old 06-11-2009, 01:17 PM
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Default Smoky Joe Wood Autographed Cards

Joe Wood lived until 1985, to the ripe old age of 95. Given his popularity -- and the breadth of Joe Wood autographs items in the hobby -- I find it surprising that the only signed pre-war card of Wood's I have ever seen is a clean M116 signed in what appears to be blue sharpie. (It is not mine, but you can see it on my website if you are so inclined to look.)

According to VintageCardPrices.com, Wood appeared on a number of popular sets in the second decade of the 20th Century, including:

M116 Sporting Life
T202 Hassan Triple Folders
T207 Brown Backgrounds
WG4 Polo Grounds Game
WG5 National Game
WG6 Tom Barker Game
1914 & 15 Cracker Jack
E224 Texas Tommy
M101-4
M101-5
D328 & D329 Weil Baking Co.
D350 Standard Biscuit
D381 Fleischmann Bakery
H801
E135 Collins-McCarthy

Anyone ever seen any of these signed by Smoky Joe Wood?
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:41 PM
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I've long felt the same way about autographed baseballs. Seems strange to me that they don't show up with more regularity. I think I've only seen one Joe Wood autographed baseball in person.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:19 PM
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Back in the 1980s, there was a family member (nephew maybe?) that would set up at some card shows around the Boston area, selling Wood autographed checks and other items.

If my memory serves me right, he had a hard time selling autographs for $5 a pop. Oh, to turn back the clock....
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:32 PM
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I'm pretty sure that was his son. From what I hear, he still sets up in Brimfield. Though, I'm pretty sure he sells antiques that are not sports related. I could be wrong on that.

A 3x5 can still be had for around $10. I picked one up on ebay not too long ago. In fact, they're all over the place. I wish it was the same way with baseballs.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:01 PM
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An old friend of mine was writing a book and interviewed Mr Wood. He was kind enough to gift my dad a side panel signed ball and a photocopied photo, also signed. I sent it to an auction house along with a load of other items, and their consignment director never put it in the auction. He told me he was unsure of the authenticity and would have to show it to the authenticator who services the auction, even though I know EXACTLY where it came from. Would anyone be kind enough to estimate the value forme? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:50 PM
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If you'd like to sell, please let me know.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:42 PM
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I bought a collection recently. The collector sent me the package and in it were 10 Joe Wood 3x5's. He said he had so many of them, that he did not place any monetary value on them.
Joe was a fine player and a very nice person when it came to autograph collectors.
His son is also a fine person and I used to enjoy chatting with him at the Ft Washington, PA shows.
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Can anybody explain why there are dozens of signed T206 cards of Rube Marquard, but the hobby is only aware of 1 signed pre-war card of Smoky Joe Wood?
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Can anybody explain why there are dozens of signed T206 cards of Rube Marquard, but the hobby is only aware of 1 signed pre-war card of Smoky Joe Wood?
I can't answer your question about the signed vintage cards that you are inquiring about, but I can tell you that I have seen a few signed postcard size photos of Smokey Joe Wood. I own one in my collection, but it was signed in ball point pen, not vintage fountain pen.
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