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Enormous Signed Baseball Photo Postcard Collection (1,557)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,875

This gigantic collection of 1,557 signed baseball photo postcards is comprised of players from the 1920s through the 1980s and includes both familiar and obscure players, as well as many deceased individuals. Most of this enormous collection of signed postcards originates from the collection of James MacAllister, a legendary Philadelphia area collector who was active from the 1930s to the 1980s, and who was one of the hobby's earliest and most respected pioneers. The only two Hall of Famers featured in the collection are Billy Herman and Rollie Fingers, but numerous stars and, as noted, deceased players are included. While a complete inventory would be impossible, a brief list of the notable players is as follows: Curt Flood, Willis Hudlin, Spider Jorgensen, Luke Sewell, George Susce, Don Heffner, Johnny Sain, Brett Saberhagen, George Bamberger, Herman Franks, Johnny Neun, Johnny Pesky, "Doc" Cramer, Preacher Roe, Al Dark, Al Cuccinello, Ralph Houk, Vinegar Bend Mizell, Dave Righetti, Gene Woodling, Whitey Witt, Hal Schumacher, Ed Stanky, Joe Adcock, Allie Reynolds, Fred Haney, Hoot Evers, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Van Lingo Mungo, Bob O'Farrell, Roy Parmelee, Crash Davis, Dusty Rhodes, Walker Cooper, Eldon Auker, Ben Chapman, Bob Shaw, Roy Sievers, Charlie Keller, Luis Tiant, Danny Litwhiler, "Spec" Shea, Barney McCoskey, Denny Galehouse, Ray Berres, Buddy Hassett, Joe Charboneau, Elbie Fletcher, Lew Fonseca, Lew Burdette, Phil Cavaretta, Hank Borowy, Ned Garver, Ferris Fain, Bucky Walters, Eddie Robinson, Russ Meyer, Lon Warneke, Mickey Vernon, Wally Berger, Hal Trosky, Randy Gumpert, Russ Van Atta, Spud Chandler, Charlie Robertson, George Uhle, Augie Galan, Paul Richards, Bobby Shantz, Dale Mitchell, Johnny Vander Meer, Ace Adams, Monte Pearson, Mickey Vernon, Ralph Branca, Willis Hudlin, Gus Mancuso, Tex Shirley, Al Gionfriddo, Zeke Bonura, Orel Hershiser, Tommy Holmes, Hank Sauer, Sal Maglie, Gene Michael, Mickey Owen, Birdie Tebbetts, Marty Marion, Fred Lynn, Ed Yost, Gene Hermanski, Bill Rigney, Mel Parnell, Walt Dropo, "Boo" Ferriss, Tony Cuccinello, Harry Brecheen, Mel Harder, Rick Manning, Bill Russell, Dolph Camilli, Bob Watson, and Virgil Trucks. Please note that while the vast majority of the items in the collection are photo postcards, the grouping also consists of approximately 100 similar sized pieces, including photos, TCMA trade cards, and exhibit cards. Roughly 300 players are represented more than once; however, many of the "duplicate" cards picture the players in different poses. The vast majority of the signatures (penned in a variety of inks) appear on the front and range in grade from "3" to "10," averaging "8/9." Condition ranges from Vg-Ex to NM, averaging Ex. Total: 1,557 signed cards. This collection would be impossible to duplicate, and with all the scarce, obscure, and deceased signers represented here, this is a very difficult collection for which to provide a meaningful estimate. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $5,875

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