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1911 "Addie Joss Day" Scrapbook Page with Letter Signed by E.S. Barnard
Starting Bid - $3,500.00, Sold For - $4,025.00
This scrapbook page was compiled by the Joss family, and saved in a scrapbook primarily relating to the historic "Addie Joss Day" Benefit Game. The large 11 x 15 inch page is affixed with a number of paper items, all of which in some way relate to "Addie Joss Day." The page is highlighted by an official letter of extraordinary significance, signed by Cleveland Vice-President (and future American League President) E.S. Barnard, and written in his capacity as Treasurer of the Addie Joss Day Committee. This letter was apparently sent to all team owners, and is an original official solicitation for contributions to the fund which was presented to Addie Joss' widow on Addie Joss Day, as well as officially announcing the formal plans for the legendary game. The letter reads as follows: Dear Sir: On July 24th a Benefit Game will be played at Cleveland between the Cleveland American League Club and an All Star team made up of prominent American and National League players. The entire proceeds of this game are to be given to the widow of the late "Addie" Joss. Because of Joss' great popularity and prominence during his major league career a substantion sum realized from this game is sure to attract favorable attention from the public at large and further dignify the game in the public mind. Players of the Joss type have been a very important factor in the general advancement of the game during the past ten years. We think that you will agree with us that every major league club owner profited indirectly by the gentlemanly deportment and the resulting popularity of the late Addie Joss during his baseball career and because of this fact we feel that every major league club owner will be willing to contribute something toward making this Benefit Game a financial success. Make all checks payable to E.S. Barnard, Treas. Very truly yours, Joss Day Committee (signed) E.S. Barnard ("9") Treasurer. Also affixed to the page is a newspaper article and box score from the game, a postcard of the 1907 Cleveland ball club, magazine cutouts of players, a small panoramic photo of Cleveland Ball Park (game in progress scene), and 12 assorted T205 and T206 tobacco cards including those of Addie Joss, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Cy Young, and Tris Speaker. All of the cards are glued to the page and are otherwise in overall Good condition. The scrapbook page has tremendous visual appeal and is a fascinating and unique tribute, ideal for display, representing one of the most historic games ever played. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $3,500. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $4,025.00
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