Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00142312112: JACKIE GLEASON

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Extremely rare authentic vintage inscribed blue ballpoint pen signature-- not one of those through-the-mail, secretarially-signed examples from later in his life so many people falsely believe are authentic!-- on a roughly 4.5 x 6-inch tan album page, acquired in-person in July of 1952, while he was appearing on DuMont Television's "Calvalcade of Stars" (1949-1952), on which he first appeared as Ralph Kramden, opposite Pert Kelton as Alice and Art Carney as "denizen of the deep" Ed Norton, in the earliest "Honeymooners" skits. In good condition, with a small magazine image as Joe the Bartender, one of his many characters, affixed with age-toned tape. Less than two months after this autograph was given, "Calvalcade of Stars" would be renamed "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1952-1955), and, three years after that, with Kelton replaced by Audrey Meadows, the inimitable Jackie Gleason would portray loud-mouthed, overweight, pipe-dreaming bus driver Ralph Kramden on T.V.'s "The Honeymooners" (1955-1956) in the incarnation we all know and love.