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1989 Hall of Fame Equitable Old Timers Series Autographed Sheet, including Mantle, DiMaggio, and Williams
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948
The Equitable Old Timers Series press-kit folder, dating from 1989, signed on the front by forty-four different players, including forty-two Hall of Famers. The Hall of Fame players represented here are DiMaggio, Mantle, T. Williams, Banks, Palmer (twice), Musial, Mathews (twice), Drysdale, Ford, Feller, Hunter, B. Robinson, Spahn, Stargell, Slaughter, Brock, Killebrew, Schoendienst, Aaron, Gibson, Marichal, Kaline, Mays, Lemon, Sutton, McCovey, Winfield, B. Williams, Kell, Schmidt, Morgan, Irvin, Seaver, Bench, Roberts, Kiner, Snider, Perry, Newhouser, Mize, Carew, and Doerr. The only two non-Hall of Fame players who have signed the folder are Pete Rose and Allie Reynolds. All of the signatures have been scripted in either blue or black Sharpie (averaging "9"). In 1986 The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (known as "The Equitable") became one of five corporate sponsors of Major League Baseball. In addition to putting up $5 million in licensing fees, each sponsoring company was also required to make a charitable contribution to organizations of particular interest to the baseball community. The Equitable chose to sponsor a series of old timers games (one in each major league park) featuring many of the game's top former players. As part of that series, The Equitable agreed to donate $10,000 from each game to an emergency assistance fund for needy former players. The old timers series was a hit with both fans and players alike, and became an annual affair, running for a few years until the company's sponsorship ended. This white press-kit folder, which features The Equitable Old Timers Series logo on the front, dates from 1989 and features the schedule of games for that season on the reverse. The name "Kranepool" is printed in purple marker at the top of the folder, indicating that this folder might once have been the property of former Met player Ed Kranepool (which is all the more likely in light of the fact that Kranepool was an avid collector who years ago sold his collection). The folder (9 x 12 inches) displays moderate handling wear and is in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $948
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