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President Calvin Coolidge's Personal 1923 National League Season Pass - The Earliest Known Presidential Pass

Lot Number 1582

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To put its historical importance in perspective, this is just the third U.S. President's season pass that has ever come to auction—with one of the two previous 1940s FDR examples selling for over $8,000 in 2004. Also of note, the offered pass hails from the very year of Silent Cal's ascent to the presidency, upon Warren Harding's death on August 2, 1923. (Hence the vice-presidential number "2" in the upper-right corner, with pass number "1" having been issued to Harding.) But wait, there's more. Fresh to the collecting world, this never-before-seen relic was quietly discovered about three decades ago, when a D.C.-area residential restorer unearthed a box of letters from beneath the floorboards of an old home. Inside that time capsule is correspondence (many on White House stationery) from African-American messenger Bushrod Mickey, who worked under Coolidge (and previous U.S. Presidents) until he was arrested in 1925 for scalping World Series tickets—which most likely had belonged to the White House! (Incidentally, Bushrod's son Harry was also a longtime White House staffer, spanning the tenures of Theodore Roosevelt through Harry Truman.) Among Mickey's trove of letters was Coolidge's 1923 N.L. season pass (2-5/8 x 4-1/4"; VG), along with the original "Compliments of the National League" fold-over leather holder (4-3/4 x 3-1/4"; expected moderate wear). Neatly hand-printed for "Hon. Calvin Coolidge & Party," the museum-worthy voucher also happens to have been autographed by a president of a different kind—NL President John Heydler.



 
 
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