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Vintage New York Yankees Framed Display Collection - Signed Letters, Checks, and Photos
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $533.25
Collection of three framed display pieces, consisting of various letters, photos, and checks, each relating to the New York Yankees. 1) Ed Barrow typed-signed letter, dated October 5, 1929, on official "American League Base Ball Club of New York" letterhead, written to Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins. In full: "My dear Eddie: Regardless of how you feel about our proposition, Colonel Ruppert would like to see you at his home, No. 1120 Fifth Avenue, for a few minutes around twelve o'clock today. The bearer, Mark Roth, will take you up there right away if it is convenient for you to go with him. With best regards, Yours very truly, E. G. Barrow [signed]." Barrow's signature, scripted in black fountain pen, grades "9." Letter (7.25 x 8.25 inches) has normal fold lines and a paper-clip impression at top. Ex. Together with a photo signed by Eddie Collins in black fountain pen ("4"). The photo (6 x 8 inches) pictures Collins on the field as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1927 (based upon the uniform style). Vg. The opportunity mentioned in Ruppert's letter was an offer to manage the New York Yankees following Miller Huggins' tragic demise on September 25th. Collins turned down the offer, as did Donie Bush and Art Fletcher, before Bob Shawkey accepted the position on October 23rd. Framed to total dimensions of 16 x 14 inches. 2) The second display is somewhat related to the first in that it features both a 1930 Bob Shawkey managerial payroll check and signed Bob Shawkey photo, together with a photo of Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert. The Yankees payroll check, dated June 30, 1930, is made out to Shawkey in the amount of $1,377.25 and has been signed at the base in black fountain pen by Jacob Ruppert ("9/10") and countersigned along left border by Ed Barrow ("10"). Presumably, the check was endorsed by Shawkey on the reverse (not examined out of frame). 9 x 3.25 inches. Vertical fold, otherwise Ex. Together with a small modern-day photo (3.25 x 5.5 inches) of Shawkey as a member of the Yankees, signed by Shawkey in blue ink ("9"). A third photo (3.75 x 5.5), of Jacob Ruppert as a young man (circa 1900), appears at the top of the display. A Pach Bros. copyright notice appears in the lower right corner. The photo has been affixed to a cabinet-card style mount. Although the photo appears period, we cannot be certain because it has not been examined out of frame. Both the Shawkey and Ruppert photos are Nr-Mt in appearance. Framed to total dimensions of 13 x 21 inches. 3) Two-page handwritten letter (on both sides of a single sheet), dated June 19, 1948, signed by Charles W. George, the artist who designed the silver anniversary logo of Yankee Stadium. The letter (6 x 9 inches) is written to Mr. A. E. Patterson of the New York Yankees and concerns the distribution of the first-day covers featuring his logo. Ideally, it is accompanied by the original mailing envelope, which is, in fact, a first-day cover displaying the Yankee Stadium 25th anniversary logo designed by Church. The letter displays a paper-clip impression in the upper left corner; otherwise both it and the envelope are in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. Framed to total dimensions of 13 x 21 inches. Total: 3 framed displays. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $533.25
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