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Circa 1938 Baseball Autograph Collection with Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,443.75
This collection of 124 baseball autographs, representing 117 different players, includes the signatures of fifteen different Hall of Fame players, highlighted by signatures of Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner. Based upon the signatures present here, these autographs were probably obtained in the late 1930s. All but a few of the autographs are scripted upon a lined page from a small spiral notebook (3 x 5 inches), with the vast majority appearing alone on the page (a small number are cuts affixed to the notebook page). Thirteen of the signatures have been rendered in fountain pen, with the remainder having been scripted in blue or red pencil. The fifteen Hall of Fame signatures in this collection, each of which appear alone on a single page unless otherwise noted, are those of Ruth (cut signature; blue fountain pen; slight brushing, otherwise "10"), Wagner (blue pencil; "9"), Feller (black fountain pen; "9"), P. Waner (black fountain pen; "9"), L. Waner (black fountain pen; "10"), Traynor (blue pencil; "8"), Vaughan (blue pencil; "8"), Klein (blue pencil; "8"), Hartnett (red pencil; "8"), Lopez (blue pencil; "9"), Stengel (blue pencil; "8"), Herman (blue pencil; "8"; on the same sheet with Gene Lillard), Simmons (red pencil; "9"), Slaughter (blue pencil; "8"), and Mize (blue pencil; "8"). Additional signatures include those of Ben Benswanger (owner of the Pirates), Morrie Arnovich (twice), Wally Berger (twice), Ray Berres, Jack Bolling, Gil Brack (twice), Mace Brown, Hugh Casey, Rip Collins, Pete Coscarat, Jewel Ens, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Elbie Fletcher, Don Gutteridge, Buddy Hasset, Kirby Higbe, Woody Jensen, Cookie Lavagetto, Dan McFayden, Hank Majeski, Hershel Martin (twice), Pepper Martin, Phil Masi, Frank McCormick, Gene Moore, Terry Moore, Emmett Mueller (twice), Claude Passeau, Carl Reynolds (twice), Rip Sewell, Gus Suhr, Bill Swift, Vito Tamulis, Tommy Thevenow, Lon Warneke, Pinky Whitney, Jimmie Wilson, Pep Young, and Del Young (twice). All of the pages were once mounted in an album but have been neatly removed and are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 124 signatures (117 different). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $4,443.75
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