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1960s Era Original Owner Autograph Collection Including Clemente, Cobb, Wagner, and Young
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,628.75
This large, vintage autograph collection is comprised of sixty-two Hall of Fame signatures, representing forty-five different players, plus thirty-four non-Hall of Fame signatures. Included among the signers are Cobb, Wagner, Young, Speaker, Clemente, DiMaggio, Greenberg, and Sisler. Nearly all of the autographs in this collection were originally obtained by our consignor during his youth in the early 1960s (he lived in the Washington, D.C. area). Like most kids from that time, his normal method was simply writing the players and requesting their autograph, most of whom were more than happy to oblige. (A few of his original letters to the players and return envelopes are included in the collection.) He also recalls hanging around the player's entrance at Griffith Stadium and the lobby of the Statler Hotel (when the All-Star Game was in Washington D.C.) to obtain autographs. For the few players represented here who passed away earlier, he obtained their signatures in the time-honored tradition of all baseball collectors: he traded for them, or, in some instances, bought them from a dealer. This is a diverse collection, with the items sorted by category. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures are in ink and grade "9" or "10." Because most of these items were obtained directly by our consignor, a number of them have been personalized to him ("To Norman"), all of which are duly noted. 3 x 5-inch Cards/Cuts (34): While some of the signatures have been signed directly on a 3 x 5-inch card, most are in the form of cuts that have been affixed to the card. Also in this group are trimmed index cards and a few loose cuts of varying dimensions (most the same size or smaller than an index card). Aparicio, Clemente, Combs (3), Dickey, Drysdale, Ferrell, Frisch, Gibson, Gomez (personalized), Goslin (2), Greenberg, Grimes, Hafey, Haines, Hartnett, Hoyt (personalized), Lombardi, Manush (personalized), Medwick (personalized), Musial (2), Newhouser (personalized), Reese (pencil), Roush, Ruffing, Spahn, Speaker, Terry (personalized), Wagner, Wynn, and Young. Cut newspaper or magazine photos (13): Sizes range from 2.25 x 3 to 6 x 8 inches, with most approximately 3 x 4 inches. Carey, Cobb, Cronin, DiMaggio, Goslin, Grove, Hornsby (dated 1961), Hubbell, Lombardi, Rice, Roush, Sisler, and Terry. Black-and-White Hall of Fame postcards (4): All are Artvue cards and have been signed on the front. One of the postcards, duly noted, was addressed and mailed to our consignor in 1961. Carey (mailed), Greenberg, Hubbell, and Wheat. All but the Carey card are heavily toned. Postcards/Photos (4): One is a real-photo postcard while the others are either smaller photos or trimmed postcards. Carey, Feller (personalized), Haines, and Mize. Baseball cards (5): All are signed on the front. Frank Baker (1960 Fleer Baseball Greats; trimmed along all four borders), Bill Dickey (1939 Play Ball; personalized), Charley Gehringer (1961 Fleer Baseball Greats), Sam Rice (two different examples: 1926 Sports Co. of America Champions and 1960 Fleer Baseball Greats). Miscellaneous (2): Mickey Cochrane (signed business card; Detroit Tigers; personalized) and Joe DiMaggio (circa 1950s Buitoni News fold-over baseball instructional pamphlet; signed in pencil on the front cover). Additionally, there are thirty-four non Hall of Fame signatures in the collection. Thirty-two of the signatures are in the form of cuts, 3 x 5-inch cards, or cuts affixed to index cards. The other two are cut magazine/newspaper photos. A few of the signatures are together on the same piece. Included among the signatures are those of Gene Autry, Nick Altrock, Paul Derringer, Dick Donovan, Carl Erskine, Dick Groat, Ralph Houk, Johnny Keane, Minnie Minoso, Don Newcombe, Bob Shaw, Joe Torre, Virgil Trucks, and Gene Woodling. All of the items are in Excellent condition overall, with just a few lesser. Total: 96 signatures (62 Hall of Fame signatures and 34 non-Hall of Fame signatures). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $5,628.75
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