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1941 Who's Who in the Major Leagues Signed by Over 140 Different Players Including DiMaggio

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,998

This 1941 edition of Who's Who in the Major Leagues features 180 signatures on the interior pages, including those of fourteen different Hall of Famers. A number of players have signed the book more than once and, if possible, all have signed next to their respective photo (not all of the players are pictured). Among the highlights are three vintage Joe DiMaggio signatures, one of which appears next to a full-page photo of the legendary "Yankee Clipper," and the signatures of twenty-five members of the 1941 World Champion New York Yankees. The fact that this book dates from the season of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak makes the inclusion of three 1941-vintage Joe DiMaggio signatures all the more noteworthy. All of the signatures have been scripted in either blue or black fountain pen and grade "9/10" overall. The number of signatures for each player, if more than one, is noted in parentheses. Notables include Luke Appling, Eldon Auker, Spud Chandler, Frank Crosetti, Dizzy Dean, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio (3), Vince DiMaggio, Jimmy Dykes, Bob Elliott, Debs Garms (3), Ival Goodman, Joe Gordan, Charlie Grimm, Fred Haney, Tommy Henrich, Billy Herman, Myril Hoag, Charlie Keller, Ernie Lombardi (3), Al Lopez, Ted Lyons, Connie Mack, Joe McCarthy, Frank McCormick (2), Lou Novikoff, Claude Passeau (2), Monte Pearson, Jerry Priddy (2), Rip Radcliff (2), Phil Rizzuto (2), Red Rolfe, Charlie Root, Red Ruffing, George Selkirk, Rip Sewell (2), Johnny Vander Meer, Arky Vaughan, Lloyd Waner, and Lon Warneke. The soft-cover book (6 x 9 inches) is in overall Very Good to Excellent condition, with staple holes on both the front and back covers, and the interior photo of Lloyd Waner has been cut out. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,998

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