The following story appeared on www.beckett.com on March 3, 2008
A true hobby rarity, a Jesse Owens one-of-one cut signature autograph, from 2007 Playoff National Treasures, was befittingly sold this past February for more than $7,600.
The sale of an Owens cut signature autograph was a hobby first.
Owens, the son of a sharecropper, and the grandson of slaves, became one of the most revered athletes in sports history when he broke five world records and equaled a sixth in front of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Owens has had just four total cards released to date.
This is the first time that Beckett Baseball has ever tracked a sale of an Owens cut signature since the 2005 Topps Pristine Legends Signature Marks issue has yet to publicly surface.
The sale, which exceeded more than $7,500, crushed the set's previous benchmark of $2,200 that was set during an early February auction for a cut signature of baseball's founder, Alexander Cartwright.
-- Kevin Haake