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Max Carey Collection Including Fifty-Nine Signed Pieces (61)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $940.00
This large Max Carey collection features fifty-nine signature examples of the Hall of Fame outfielder as well as a few additional unsigned pieces. All of the pieces offered here originate directly from Max Carey’s estate and were obtained by Barry Halper many years ago. The highlight of the collection is a typed signed letter to Carey from National League president John Heydler informing him of his selection as a coach for the first ever All-Star game in 1933. The letter, written on official National League stationery, is dated June 23, 1933 and reads in full: Dear Mr. Carey: This is to formally notify you of your selection as one of two assistant managers and coachers [sic] for the contest between representative teams of the National and American Leagues, to be played at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Thursday, July 6, at 1:15 P.M. This game is Base Ball’s contribution to the Century of Progress. It is under auspices of the Chicago ‘Tribune,’ with the net receipts going to the Players Relief Fund. Mr. McGraw has called a meeting of players and all concerned, to be held in the Visitors Club House, Comiskey Park, at 11 o’clock morning of the game. Be sure to be on hand early. A special uniform is being made for you. It will be delivered to you in the club house in Chicago by Spalding’s man, who will be there at 9 o’clock. Your expense bill, which should be itemized, will be paid by the Brooklyn Club. Would appreciate a line, accepting the assignment. Yours truly, John Heydler [signed]. Heydler’s signature, rendered in black fountain pen, grades “9/10.” The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and is in Excellent to Mint condition. The signed Max Carey items in the collection are as follows: 1) A signed personal check, dated December 19, 1927 and made out to Concordia College in the amount of $50. It is signed in black ink (“8/9”) along the base by “Max G. Carey.” The check (6.5 x 2.75 inches) is endorsed on the reverse and has both normal bank stamps and cancellation holes. The check also has a vertical fold and is stapled to a copy of an LOA from the family’s estate. In Very Good to Excellent condition. 2) Forty-three standard 3 x 5-inch index cards bearing Carey’s signature. 3) Eight standard 3 x 5-inch index cards signed by Max Carey, with each signature preceded or followed by a short handwritten note or phrase, such as “Keep Swinging” or “Aim High.” 4) Max Carey signed note on the back of a postcard (postmark date is no longer visible). 5) Six Max Carey cut signatures taken from envelopes, documents, etc. Also included in the collection is a small 2.25 x 3.5-inch black-and-white photo of Carey, that, according to the written notations on the reverse, was used as the model for his Hall of Fame plaque. All of the items in this collection are in Excellent condition overall and the signatures grade “9/10” on average. From the Barry Halper collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 61 items. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/800. SOLD FOR $940.00
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