Rare Stu Ungar Signature for Sale

Rare Stu Ungar Signature for Sale

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A rare piece of WSOP and poker history is currently up for auction on eBay. Flagged up by Nolan Dalla in a recent blog post, the item in question is an end-of-day chip count card from the 1997 WSOP Main Event.

Anyone that's ever been to a live poker tournament will know that something like this isn't particularly rare; however, this one is different because it belonged to Stu Ungar. The man widely regarded as the best player of his generation, Ungar went on to win the WSOP Main Event for the third time in his career before passing away in 1998.

Aside from being one of the last pieces of memorabilia connected to Ungar's playing career, the chip count card is also important for another reason: it contains his signature. According to Dalla's blog post, Ungar would rarely sign anything.

Throughout his life he never wrote a cheque (he didn't have a bank account), never signed a credit card or an autograph for fans. Because of this, the writing of Ungar was about as rare as his natural ability for the game.

As for how the seller, Frank J. Marci came to own the chip count card, he explained to Dalla that he'd always wanted a genuine Ungar signature and eventually stumbled upon an offer by Leaf Trading Cards. After contacting the company owner, Marci found the card with Ungar's signature and immediately bought it.

Today, he's now selling the item on eBay with a starting bid of $2,249.49. As yet no one has anted up for the item; however, there are still five days left to get your hands on it.

Tags: Stu Ungar, Nolan Dalla