Lot #8332
Alexander Cartwright 1872 Signed Estate Document

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Estimate: $500+


Referred to as the 'Father of Baseball,' Cartwright (1820-1892) and his fellow New York Knickerbocker Ball Club members devised the modern rules of the game. Rare manuscript document, signed “A. J. Cartwright,” one page, 10 x 8, March 11, 1872. Explanatory missive to his family's executor, Washington Durbrow, regarding personal finances between February 15 and March 11, 1872, in full: "This contains a/e amount with Him as Executor of my Father and Mother’s Estate the amt due me—is invested in my name by my Brother Benjamin—the Interest to go to my Sister Kate, till otherwise ordered by me—the Principle is part of my Estate. Kate to have the income so long as she needs it, or till my own wife or children absolutely require it.” Signed at the conclusion by Cartwright, who adds “Honolulu March 11, 72.” In the left border, Cartwright writes vertically in pencil: “The principal was after Benjamin death sent to me the interest and sum I have always sent to my sister Kate—AJC.” In fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Sports
  • Dates: #542 - Ended February 21, 2019