One of the most popular attractions at the 1939 New York World's Fair was the Academy of Sport exhibit. The World was certainly abuzz in 1939. The "Great Depression" was ending, World War II was starting, baseball was celebrating its Centennial, the mighty Yankees were campaigning on the last leg of a four year run of consecutive championships and New York was drawing visitors from all over to attend the World's Fair Exposition. Regarded as baseball's first agent, Christy Walsh made a determined effort as the WF "Director of Sports" to draw fans to the Academy of Sport. This well-attended event boasted a seemingly endless string of guest appearances by top athletes of the day, to the great delight of the fans and promoters.
(5) Of the headlining stars made a lucky fan's day by autographing the offered disc-shaped souvenir card. Sporting a baseball design on the obverse, this 3-1/4" diameter paper disc is printed on sturdy stock and as a result it remains in excellent condition. The obverse proclaims "Meet the Stars and Champions of SPORT at the New York World's Fair 1939", followed by a facsimile "Babe" Ruth signature at bottom. The reverse side of the card announces that "the greatest collection of trophies and awards ever assembled will be on display" and Walsh's name appears at bottom along with his event title. The precious autographs were applied by pencil with: obverse: "Babe" Ruth ("7-8"), Jack Dempsey ("8") and James J. Braddock ("9") signed as "Jimmy Braddock"; and reverse: Al Schact ("8") and (1) undetermined. Full photo LOA from JSA.