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Circa 1940s Baseball Autograph Album with Cobb, Lajoie, Young, Foxx, Duffy, Cicotte, Speaker, and Many Others
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,875
This remarkable album, which was compiled during the late 1940s by our consignor's husband, is notable both for the quantity of signatures contained within, and by the status of the signers. The signatures of thirty-seven different Hall of Fame players are represented here, including Cobb, Lajoie, Young, Duffy, Speaker, Walsh, and Foxx. Also included are sixty-five signatures belonging to many notable players, including Joe Jackson (signed by Mrs. Joe Jackson), Eddie Cicotte, Everett Scott, Arlie Latham, Jack Barry, Wally Pipp, Elmer Smith, Joe Wood, and Tom Zachary. This album is both a scrapbook and an autograph album in that it contains numerous newspaper and magazine photos affixed to its pages, along with a cut signature of the respective player. (All of the signatures in this album are cuts.) What makes this album so unusual is the fact that even though it was compiled in the 1940s, many of the signatures are from players who plied their trade during the deadball era, which shows that the young man who created it had a deep appreciation for the game's history. The album, which is in the form of a hard bound, loose-leaf notebook, was just recently discovered by the family, and has not seen the light of day in over sixty years. The interior pages are all lined notebook sheets upon which both the newspaper/magazine clippings and cut signatures have been attached (by means of clear tape which has since yellowed). Because of the age of the album, many of the photos and cuts no longer adhere to the pages. In order to protect the signatures we have removed all of the now unattached cuts, as well as the individual pages still bearing a cut signature, but have left all of the other pages in the album, as they were, in order to maintain the integrity of the piece. All of the signatures, penned in a variety of inks, grade "9" or "10" unless otherwise noted. Most of the cuts have either the original tape, or remnants of the tape/adhesive, around the border and are otherwise in Excellent condition. A number of the cuts also feature short messages to the original recipient. Hall of Fame Signatures: Appling; Averill (twice, one of the cuts, which is covered with tape, is affixed to an original snapshot photo of Averill in uniform); Baker; Bender; Boudreau; Cobb (dated "10/3/49"); Cochrane; Collins; Combs; Coveleski; Crawford; Dickey (also on the cut are the signatures of Jerry Coleman and Wally Hood); Duffy; Faber; Feller; Ferrell; Foxx (with a brief note); Gehringer; Gomez; Gordon; Goslin; Greenberg; Grove; Harris; Heilmann (pencil, covered with tape); Hooper; Lajoie ("7," dated "10/18/49"); Lyons; Mack; Manush; Schalk (signed "Ray 'Cracker' Schalk" with a brief note); Sewell; Simmons; Sisler; Speaker; Walsh; and Young. Non Hall of Fame Signatures: Johnny Allen; Jack Barry; Charlie Berry; Max Bishop; George Burns; "Donnie" Bush; Joe Bush; Bill Carrigan; George Case (pencil, "6"); "Spud" Chandler; Eddie Cicotte ("6," slight bleeding); Jerry Coleman (also on the cut are the signatures of Bill Dickey and Wally Hood); Jack Coombs; Harry Coveleski; "Doc" Cramer; Frank Crosetti; "General" Crowder; Joe Dugan; Jimmie Dykes; George Earnshaw; Howard Ehmke; Wes Ferrell; Lew Fonseca; Larry Gardner; Jack Graney; "Mule" Haas; "Bump" Hadley; Buddy Hassett; Rollie Helmsley; Pinky Higgins; Wally Hood (also on the cut are the signatures of Bill Dickey and Jerry Coleman); Joe Jackson (signed by Mrs. Joe Jackson); Joe Judge; Dickie Kerr; Joe Kuhel; Arlie Latham; Hubert "Dutch" Leonard; "Duffy" Lewis; Carl Mays; "Stuffy" McInnis; Clyde Milan; Bing Miller; Wally Moses; "Buddy" Myer; Johnny Neun; Steve O'Neill, Monte Pearson; Cy Perkins; George Pipgras; Wally Pipp; Muddy Ruel; Al Schacht (twice on the same cut); Everett Scott; Burt Shotten; Elmer Smith; Monte Stratton; Amos Strunk; Ira Thomas; Cecil Travis; Hal Trosky; Rube Walberg (pencil, covered with tape); Bill Wambsganss (with a short note); Joe Wood; Rudy York; and Tom Zachary. The original notebook album (7.25 x 10 inches) displays heavy wear, including separation along the spine, and is in Very Good condition, as are most of the interior pages. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,875
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