In 1949 the Veteran's Committee paid an overdue debt by electing "Kid " Nichols (d.1953) to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A workhorse on the mound, righty Nichols enjoyed a stellar MLB career, racking up 361 wins in just 14 seasons while hurling 300+ innings in 12 of those seasons, including 400+ in each of his first 5 years. Nichols was honored in his hometown for his HOF election by the "Co-Operative Club of Kansas City" on 8/16/49 at the Hotel President in KC.
Offered is a "Souvenir of Kid Nichols Day" 4x6 card with photo signed by the honoree as "Charles Kid Nichols". Though he was a month shy of his eightieth birthday at the time of signing, Nichols managed to provide a pleasing ("8-9") strength signature, applied in the field just below the printed date of the event and directly above the central photo. A vertical crease near the right edge of the card makes contact with just the tip of the final stroke coming off the end of the letter "s" in his surname, leaving the autograph unmolested. Other than the crease, the card remains clean, bright and well-suited for framed display.
As an important HOFer, Nichols autograph is known to be relatively scarce. He was admitted to a hospital in 1952 and diagnosed with terminal cancer, which caused his death in April of 1953, leaving a realistic window of just three years during which he could have signed one of these cards from the event described here, leading to the reasonable belief that there are very few signed examples in existence. Comes with full photo LOA from JSA.