**RARE** Jack Darragh Autographed postcard PD March 30, 1921
One of the RAREST Pre War Hockey Autographs in existence
RARE - JACK DARRAGH AUTOGRAPH, Dated March 30, 1921
One of the most elusive of all Hall of Fame Hockey autographs is that of Jack Darragh. He retired after the 1923-24 NHL season and died a few months later due to peritonitis, the result of a ruptured appendix.
There have only been a few examples of his autograph to come to market, which can be used as excellent comparisons. In fact one of the examples that sold through auction is questionable as to its authenticity.
I have attached these other examples for comparison. Here are the details of each postcard and why I have come to the conclusion that this autographed postcard dated March 30, 1921 is an authentic Jack Darragh autograph.
- The first postcard (featured in this listing) was sold as part of a family collection through Classic Auction November 2015. It is postdated March 30, 1921 and was sent from Vancouver, British Columbia. The postcard features a scenic image on the one side with handwriting in pencil on the address and content side. Note the style in which the postcard is written with the addressee done horizontally and the content done vertically. Jack Darragh was in Vancouver at this time as a member of the Ottawa Senators playing the Vancouver Millionaires for the Stanley Cup. This was an off day from competition. The content of the postcard makes reference to "having plenty of outings" and "hope to get away from here this week". At the time Ottawa was ahead 2 games to 1 in a best of 5 competition. They would go to fifth game April 4th where they would win 2-1 and take the Stanley Cup. The post card is signed "Jack".
- The handwriting and style in the second postcard is similar in every regard to the first postcard (featured in this listing). The addressee is horizontal and the body of the letter is vertical. The postcard is dated at the top of the vertical body exactly like the featured postcard. And it is signed "Jack". The content of the letter makes reference to "beat Wanderers 9-4 last night". That postcard is dated Feb 12, 1911. Even with the 10 years difference you can still see the similar handwriting style especially in letters like the lower case "f".
- The third postcard is the one that I would question for authenticity. It is dated Feb 11, 1911 and the handwriting is completely different from these other two. The post card is signed J. Darragh which is my opinion is likely Jack's father John Darragh.
The postcard and autograph I am listing came from a comprehensive collection of Jack Darragh photos that sold in Classic Auction in 2015. Contained in the collection were family photos, including a photo of his funeral procession. There were photos and postcards of the Ottawa Senators in their civilian clothes in Vancouver during this same time period. There was also an original photo of Jack Darragh from his first year with the Ottawa Senators in 1911. The provenance on this postcard is impeccable and leaves no doubt as to it's authenticity.
This listing is for the single postcard featured. The other two examples (both with images of Jack Darragh on them) are not part of this listing and are presented for comparison only.