Chess Books at Auction

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    Chess Books at Auction

    August 14, 2019

    A curious item up for auction on eBay today.

    Chess master BOBBY FISCHER probable Autograph on Card kept in 1965 Book by Brady

    Bobby Fischer to Ray (printed)

    Starting bid: US $350


    Hi - this is the first time on eBay for this item, so I'll only be considering offers at or above the opening bid price, thanks.

    (Also, if you do make an offer, please make it good for at least 48 hours, as I sometimes miss ones that are only valid for 24 hours. Thx!)

    This past weekend I bought about 2 dozen vintage books about chess at a local swap meet, and when I got them home and started going through them, I found this card inside the 1965 hardcover, "Profiles of a Prodigy: The Life and Games of Bobby Fischer" by Frank Brady.

    The card measures approx. 3 in. by 5 in.

    I have no idea if there's any connection, age-wise or otherwise, between the book and the autograph card, other than one having been the safekeeping place for the other, but I'm including the book in this lot, just in case I'm missing some connection between them.

    It seems likely to me that the signature is genuine for a few reasons:

    1 - It's singed to someone - it appears to say, "Ray"... possibly, "Kay" ... which implies that Ray (or Kay) was present when it was signed.

    2 - If someone was going to bother faking such a signature, wouldn't it have made more sense to have done it in this, or some other, book?

    3 - It compares favorably to one that's currently being offered for sale on eBay - item # 18370896708

    Condition - light edge wear; some mild yellowing mostly on the RH side of the card; the book is in pretty good condition and its dust jacket in fair condition with some short tears, some corner wear, some wrinkles and some yellowing.

    Thanks for bidding!


    I think this item is speculative at best. I would be surprised if anyone put out $350 for it.