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1926 Charles Lindbergh and Walter Johnson Signed Air Mail Envelope
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $2,070.00
Special commemorative envelope inaugurating the Chicago and St. Louis airmail routes, signed by pilot Charles A. Lindbergh and Washington Senators pitching great Walter Johnson. The envelope (4 x 9.5 inches) is addressed to Walter Johnson, in care of the Washington Senators, and features four separate large cancellation stamps dated April 15, 1926 from Springfield, Illinois, which announce and document the inauguration of the "Chicago-St. Louis-Route." Lindbergh has signed as pilot, "C.A. Lindbergh" ("9/10") in bold black ink in the lower left. Johnson has signed to the far right above the address, "Walter Johnson/1926" ("9"). Postmaster "Wm H Cukling" has also signed, above Lindbergh's signature. All three signatures are dark, bold, and virtually flawless. The previous season, in 1925, Walter Johnson led the Senators to the American League championship with a 20-7 record. The envelope has been neatly opened with a slit across the top and down the right side, not affecting its tremendous display value. The envelope exhibits general wear from handling, including two vertical creases which are more easily seen from the reverse and which in no way affect any of the signatures. This very rare and unusual signed item connects two heroes of the 1920s. Very Good condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence, Steve Grad and John Reznifoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,070.00
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