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Two Circa 1935-1940 Autograph Albums - 250 Total Signatures - 26 Different Hall of Famers
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,962.50
Offered here are two vintage baseball autograph albums, one dating from circa 1935 and the other from 1940. The circa 1935 album is actually a scrapbook containing various newspaper and magazine clippings, many of which are signed. The other is a standard autograph album containing team pages for each of the eight American League teams in 1940. Of the two, the 1940 book is more substantial, as it features a total of 205 signatures, including those of twenty-two different Hall of Fame players, plus Moe Berg. 1) 1940 Autograph Album: The first page of the book bears the name of the original owner and the year, "1940." All of the signatures, penned in a variety of inks, are very well executed, ranging from "7" to "10," averaging "9." New York Yankees: twenty-five signatures: DiMaggio, McCarthy (Mgr.), Dickey, Ruffing, Combs, Gordon, Hadley, Murphy, Russo, Schrieber, Selkirk, Chandler, Mills, Rosar, Donald, Crosetti, Hildebrand, Sundra, Keller, Knickerbocker, Dahlgren, Pearson, Fletcher (coach), Henrich, and Rolfe. Detroit Tigers (AL Champions): twenty-eight signatures: Greenberg, Averill (twice), Gehringer, Newhouser, McKain, Metha, Kress, Sullivan (twice), Tebbetts, Trout, Fox, York, Croucher, Bartell, Bridges, Gorsica, Shea (coach), Baker (Mgr.), Rowe, Campbell, Nelson, Higgins, Benton, Miller (coach), McCosky (clubhouse signature), Newsome, and Seats. Boston Red Sox: twenty-two signatures, including Williams, Foxx, Grove, Doerr, Cronin, Berg, Hevring, Cramer, Tabor, Peacock, Harris, Owen, and Desautels. Chicago White Sox: twenty-eight signatures, including Appling, Lyons, Dykes (Mgr.), Haas (coach), Knott, Kennedy, Kuhel, Smith, Lee, Solters, Tresh, Weiland, Appleton, and Webb. Philadelphia Athletics: twenty-two signatures, including Mack (Mgr.), Simmons, Moses, Babich, Brancato, Siebert, Dean, and Potter. Washington Senators: twenty-three signatures, including Harris (Mgr.), Leonard, West, Case, Carrasquel, Walker, Bloodworth, and Jacobs. Cleveland Indians: twenty-eight signatures, including Boudreau, Feller, Harder, Milnar, Smith, Vitt (Mgr.), Mack, Melillo (twice, coach), Weatherly, Helmsley, Bell, and Hale. St. Louis Browns: twenty-eight signatures, including Auker, Lary, Hoag, Judnich, Radcliff, Heffner, Berardino, McQuinn, Harris, and Kennedy. The black, leather-bound album (6 x 8 inches) remains in Excellent to Mint condition. This is a superb autograph album featuring nothing but vintage signatures from the period. 2) Circa 1935 Scrapbook. A total of fifty signatures, including five different Hall of Famers, are featured in the album, nearly all of which are rendered upon newspaper clippings. While many of the signed clippings are mounted upon their respective pages, nearly an equal number are simply loose in the book. The majority of the signatures are of common players, with many of the players represented more than once. The Hall of Fame signatures found here are those of Hartnett (twice), Ruffing, Terry, Hubbell, and Ernie Lombardi. Common players include Wally Berger, Charlie Grimm (more than once), Pat Malone, Bill Urbanski (more than once), Guy Bush, Billy Jurges, Pinkey Whitney (more than once), Danny McGee, Red Worthington, Dan MacFayden, George Earnshaw, Gordon Slade, Mark Koenig, Tony Piet, Marty McManus, Wally Berger (more than once), Ben Cantwell (more than once), Frank Hogan (more than once), Hal Lee, Ed Brandt (more than once), and George Pipgras. The leather-bound album (11.5 x 8.25 inches) displays heavy wear to the exterior, and the pages are toned and slightly brittle. The clipping are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 2 albums. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.
SOLD FOR $2,962.50
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