VintageBasketball.com, click for home.

Naismith World War I Identification - 1917

Description:

This is a James Naismith Signed World War I Certificate of Identification from 1917. This document was issued by the "National War Work Council of The International Committee of the Young Men's Christian Associations," in advance of Naismith's trip to France to serve as a minister in the war-torn country. The portrait photograph at right is signed "Jas. Naismith." This is an incredibly significant historical piece, and one of the very few signed Naismith photographs in existence. The certificate measures 9.75" wide x 6" tall. The photo measures 2.75" x 3". It was purchased by Heritiage Auctions on December 8, 2006 and came with a Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA.

Image

Category:

James Naismith

In Collection:

Yes

Year Acquired:

2006

My Most Recent Blogs

Story-paper Tabloids - Feb. 28, 2017

You may be familiar with the term pulp, used to describe some of the older, cheaply made periodicals from many years ago. However, the term "story-paper tabloid" may not be as common. Story-paper tabloids are similar to pulps in the low quality of the materials used, but differ in their format and size. Produced using cheat wood pulp paper, they ...

Seldom seen Clark Candy Cards! - June 19, 2016

Recently, I was lucky enough to find 10 of the 16 cards from the 1954 Clark Candy basketball set. These cards are quite rare and seldom seen, even by advanced basketball collectors.

Rare Album Postcard Acquired - March 1, 2016

Recently, I came across a surprising find - the 1928 Cuban Aguilitas Album Redemption postcard. When I've seen these in the past, they have always been baseball related. This one is basketball themed and shows the same image as card #397, the HNOS Maristas. The seller of this item said he found it in Cuba three decades ago. It is a nice and une...

The rarest card ever in vintage basketball - C.A. Briggs - Feb. 7, 2016

On January 20, 2016, the 1933 C.A. Briggs card was added to the VintageBasketball.com collection. I am excited to share info about this card with all of you. While there are many rare items in our hobby, speaking specifically about cards, this is probably at the very top of the list in terms of rarity. Take a few minutes to read a little more a...

My Favorite Items

1933 C.A. Briggs Basketball
B33 Basket Ball Flannels 1912
Basket Ball Rules for 1893
Hamilton King L5 Leather 1912
Ken-Wel Advertising 1920
Naismith's Phog Allen Portrait Print 1936
Spalding Men - 1896
Spalding Men - 1899/1900
Spalding Women - 1901