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Early High-Quality Baseball Hall of Famer Signed Items Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,643.75
This is a substantial and very high-quality group of interesting vintage signed items, with many highlights, including signatures of Hall of Famers such as Thomas Connolly, Dazzy Vance, Mel Ott, and Kiki Cuyler, from a very old-time collection. This vintage autograph collection, which is comprised of a signed letter, a contract, a player transfer agreement, and seven government postcards, includes the signatures of fourteen Hall of Fame players (twelve different). 1) One-page typed letter, dated March 23, 1940, signed in black fountain pen (grading “10”) by Branch Rickey. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches), written on official St. Louis Cardinals stationery, concerns Rickey’s response to a request for a signed photo. A small magazine photo picturing Rickey and Jackie Robinson, along with the magazine caption to the photo, has been affixed to the letter along the base. Ex-Mt, with normal mailing folds. 2) Uniform Player’s Contract, dated September 10, 1945, between Arthur Lopatka and the St. Louis National Baseball Club, signed in black fountain pen by Sam Breadon, as president of the St. Louis Cardinals, Lopatka, and Ford Frick, as president of the National League. All of the signatures graded “10” and the contract (8.5 x 11 inches) is in Excellent condition. 3) “Uniform Agreement for Transfer of a Player to or by a Major League Club,” dated February 20, 1919, between the American League Base Ball Club of New York and the Sacramento Baseball Association. In this agreement, the New York Yankees agree to release the contracts of Dazzy Vance and William Piercy in exchange for a number of considerations and privileges set forth in the document. The document has been signed in black fountain pen by Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert (grading “9”), as well as the president of the Sacramento club and a witness. The one-page document (8.5 x 14 inches) displays normal folds and is in Excellent condition. 4) Government postcard, postmarked 9/13/51, signed by Dizzy Dean in blue ink (“10”) on the reverse. The postcard (4.75 x 3.25 inches) is unevenly trimmed along the right border, otherwise Ex. 5) Government postcard, postmarked 9/13/55, signed by “A. C. ‘Dazzy’ Vance” in blue ink (“10”) on the reverse. Vg, with a number of corner creases. 6) Government postcard, postmarked 5/24/37, inscribed “Good Luck - ‘Ki Ki’ Cuyler” in blue ink (“9”) on the reverse. A newspaper photo of Cuyler has been affixed next to the signature. The date “5/26/37” is written along the base of the card. Vg-Ex. 7) Government postcard, postmarked 12/15/75, inscribed “Best Wishes From Satchel Paige” in blue ink (“10”) on the reverse. Vg. 8) Government postcard, postmarked 10/25/54, signed by Thomas Connolly in black ink (“10”) on the reverse. Ex. 9) Government postcard, postmarked 8/21/38, signed in black fountain pen on the reverse by eleven members of the 1938 Chicago Cubs: Dizzy Dean, Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Billy Jurges, Bob Logan, Tex Carleton, Charlie Root, Jack Russell, Rip Collins, Jim Asbell, and Bob Garbark. All of the signatures grade “10” with the exception of Garbark and Logan (each “8”). Vg-Ex, with a corner crease that affects the Carleton signature. 10) Government postcard, postmarked 6/9/37, signed in black fountain pen (all grading “10”) on the reverse by four members of the 1937 New York Giants: Mel Ott, Carl Hubbell, Bill Terry, and Clydell Castleman. A magazine photo of Mel Ott has been affixed to the card directly below the signatures. Vg-Ex with a few creases that affect the Hubbell signature. Total: 10 items. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,643.75
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