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1962 Duke Snider Los Angeles Dodgers Signed Game-Used Cap - with LOA From Snider

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,645.00

This extraordinary Dodgers cap, worn by Hall of Fame center fielder Duke Snider in 1962, is accompanied not only by an LOA from Snider attesting to its provenance, but also the original mailing envelope used by Snider to ship it! The blue cap features a white embroidered “LA” logo on the front and a Tim McAuliffe label along the rear of the leather headband. Snider has signed the cap in blue ink (grading “6”) on the underside of the brim. The hat displays light overall wear. In 1974 Snider personally sent this hat to a friend as a gift to replace another of lesser quality, based upon this short handwritten note (on a 3 x 5-inch index card) sent with the cap: “Ron – I wore this hat in 1962 – It’s a much better one. Duke.” Included with the hat and letter is the original manilla envelope used by Snider to ship the hat. The envelope has been entirely addressed in Snider’s hand, including his return address, and the envelope is postmarked “Nov 5 – 74.” Baseball caps, unlike jerseys, are normally very difficult to attribute to a specific player due to the fact that the only very early caps are player-identified by means of stitching in the headband. For that reason, a cap such as this, accompanied by direct player provenance, especially direct player provenance dating from long before such items were valuable, represents a rare exception and is especially appreciated by collectors. This is without question the finest Duke Snider Dodgers cap we have ever seen. We don't know if there is another Snider cap in existence with this extraordinary documented provenance. It would be hard to imagine a finer example. Snider appeared in 80 games with the Dodgers in 1962, finishing the year with 5 home runs, 30 RBI, and a .278 average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,645.00

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