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Circa 1934 Walter Johnson Signed Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940
Addendum: The catalog description for this lot is slightly inaccurate. This piece was discovered in a scrapbook which belonged to our consignor's father-in-law, who lived in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, not Cleveland. Also, the scrapbook was compiled between the years 1934 and 1935.
One-page handwritten letter, signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. The undated letter, scripted in black fountain pen on a portion of an unlined sheet, is brief: "I hope I will see you boys some day. Sincerely, W. J." Although he only added his initials at the end of the note, an outstanding black-fountain pen "Walter Johnson" signature (grading "9") appears along the top border of the sheet. This appears to be a portion of a longer handwritten letter from Johnson, especially given the trim along the top border. The Johnson signature displayed here was his original sign off to the letter, and the notation below is obviously a postscript. The reason for the letter having been trimmed is probably related to its provenance. This piece was consigned by a noncollector who discovered it in a scrapbook kept by an old-time resident of Cleveland. The original owner was most likely an autograph collector and therefore only cared about the Johnson signature and his initials at the end of the postscript; hence the trim. Since the book from which this piece was taken originates from Cleveland, it seems reasonable to assume that it dates from the three-year period 1933 through 1935, the years in which Johnson was manager of the Cleveland Indians. The presence of a preprinted illustration of an Indian Chief in the lower left corner further suggests that this sheet is a segment of Cleveland team stationery from the period. The letter (8.25 x 4) is moderately toned, displays a number of light vertical folds and creases, and small areas of adhesive residue on the reverse. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $300/$500. SOLD FOR $940
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