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1900 John J. McGraw Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
One-page letter handwritten by John McGraw to "H.L. Straus, Esq., Baltimore, Md.," on "Gibson House, Cincinnati" stationery (9.75 x 6 inches) is dated July 13, 1900. McGraw writes as follows: "Dear Sir: Your letter to hand and in reply will say that I expect to be on Balto. on Monday and will take care of the note. Thanking you for the interest you have shown in the matter. Also for past favors. I remain yours truly, John J. McGraw July 13th, 1900." The Gibson House in Cincinnati had a very close, significant, and long-standing association with baseball dating back to the days of the 1869 Reds. Visiting teams stayed at the Gibson House in Cincinnati, and many important baseball banquets were held there. The Gibson House was even the place of many important meetings by key figures relating to the 1919 World Series fix. John McGraw letters are extremely rare. This is a particularly exceptional example, all the more so because it is so early for McGraw, dating from his playing days. The signature and all writing is virtually flawless, grading a solid a "9," and the letter is Excellent to Mint condition with original fold lines from mailing. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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