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1923 My Thirty Years In Baseball Signed by John McGraw
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,555.00
First edition of My Thirty Years In Baseball by John McGraw, inscribed by McGraw on the interior. Published by Boni and Liveright, New York, 1923. McGraw has inscribed the book in black fountain pen (grading "7/8") on the front flyleaf "To Joseph A. Bihler/From/John J. McGraw." Joe Bihler worked for Christy Walsh, who was a syndicator of newspaper columns, including one ghostwritten for John McGraw. As such, Bihler obviously knew McGraw and probably worked closely with him in his capacity as an employee of the Christy Walsh Syndicate. Ideally, the provenance of this piece is extremely well documented. This book originates directly from the sale at auction of Joseph Bihler's memorabilia by his family in the late 1970s, and was purchased at that time by famed collector Barry Halper. After residing in Halper's collection for over two decades it was sold along with the bulk of the collection at the legendary Halper Sale at Sotheby's in 1999. While our consignor did not purchase it at the Halper Sale (sold for $3,162), he picked it up one year later at public auction for $4,035. It has remained in his possession since that time. The 265-page illustrated book (5.25 x 7.5 inches) displays light wear including a slight separation along the spine. In Excellent condition overall. This is not only an outstanding McGraw signed item with documented provenance, but one of only several signed editions of this important book that we have ever seen. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,555.00
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