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Baseball Executives Signed Letter Collection: Yawkey, Wrigley, Griffith, and Veeck (4)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $529
Collection of four typewritten letters, each signed, respectively, by a prominent baseball owner: Tom Yawkey, Philip Wrigley, Calvin Griffith, and Bill Veeck. Of those four, only Wrigley has yet to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The lot also includes an additional very interesting signed item by Veeck: a black-and-white Hall of Fame postcard of fellow former White Sox owner Charles Comiskey. 1) Tom Yawkey. One-page letter, dated June 24, 1961, on Boston Red Sox letterhead, addressed to fellow executive, Buzzie Bavasi. In part: "We would like to invite you and your party to a buffet luncheon in the Red Sox Room on the roof at Fenway Park on the day of the All Star Game in Boston on July 31st. Luncheon will be served from 11:30 until 2:30 P.M. As you know, the game will start at three o'clock. As our facilities are limited, this luncheon has been restricted to baseball executives and their immediate parties. No press will be present. We would like to have you attend if you plan to be in Boston ... We shall look forward to seeing you in Boston, and we hope to have the pleasure of your company. Sincerely Tom Yawkey [signed]." Yawkey's blue-ink signature grades "10." The letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays three horizontal folds and a staple hole in the upper left corner; otherwise Ex-Mt. 2) Philip Wrigley. One-page letter, dated July 24, 1936, on Wrigley's personal letterhead, addressed to Mrs. Charlie Root. In full: "Thank-you very much for the old print of Avalon showing the town as it appeared in the early days. It was very thoughtful of you to get this and send it to me, and I appreciate it very much. Yours very truly, Phil K. Wrigley [signed]." Wrigley's black fountain-pen signature grades "10." The Cubs used to train in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island. The letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds. Ex-Mt. Together with the original mailing envelope (7.5 x 4 inches, Ex). 3) Calvin Griffith. One-page letter, dated April 17, 1933, on Washington American League Base Ball Club letterhead, addressed to Mrs. M Brooks. In full: "Received your letter along with photos and booklet of your beach. I was very glad indeed to hear from you and know you were on the wire pulling for us on opening day. I sure appreciate your interest in the Washington Baseball Club so do not fail to keep on rooting for us, for every little bit helps. Trusting this finds you and your husband in the best of health, and with kindest regards I beg to remain Yours very truly, Clark Griffith [signed] President." Griffith's black fountain-pen signature grades "9/10." The Senators won the pennant that year. The letter (8.25 x 11 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical folds, as well as a few areas of light discoloration. Vg-Ex. Together with the original mailing envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches, Gd). 4) Bill Veeck. One-page letter, dated February 3, 1948, on Cleveland Indians letterhead, addressed to Mr. Robert W. Larson. In full: "Thank-you for your very nice letter of February 1st, in which you express a desire to become affiliated with our organization. Unfortunately, since we maintain a complete staff, we have no openings at present whatsoever but if something should come up in the future, I will gladly contact you. With all good wishes, I am Very truly yours, Bill Veeck [signed]." Veeck's blue fountain-pen signature grades "9/10." The Indians won the pennant that year. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds. Ex-Mt. Together with the original mailing envelope (9.5 x 3.75 inches, Vg). 5) Bill Veeck. Accompanying the letter and envelope is a black-and-white Hall of Fame plaque postcard of Charles Comiskey that has been signed in black ink ("9") by Bill Veeck at the base of the front (Ex). This is a fascinating and possibly a unique item, since Veeck was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1991. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 5 items (four letters and HOF postcard). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $529
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