This enormous vintage autograph collection is comprised of 181 signed photos and seventy-one cuts. A total of seventy-six Hall of Fame signatures, representing fifty-nine different players, are featured here, including those of Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, Rogers Hornsby, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Gabby Hartnett, Paul Waner, George Sisler, and Ted Williams. The remainder of the signatures are represented by many star players, such as Irish Meusel, Billy Martin, Minnie Minoso, Jimmy Piersall, Mickey Lolich, Lefty O'Doul, Fred Snodgrass, Don Larsen, and Joe Adcock. Nearly all of the signatures in this collection were obtained by our consignor (either in person or by mail) when he was a boy. As such, a number of the photos are personalized to him. With few exceptions, nearly all of the photos in this collection are magazine or periodical photos, many of which are irregularly trimmed (average size is approximately 7 x 9 inches). Many of the cuts have been trimmed to the outline of the respective signature (average size is 3 x 1 inches). Nearly all of the signatures have been scripted in ink, with the signatures ranging from "1" to "10," averaging "8/9." Without reference to the trimming, the pieces range in grade from Gd to Ex-Mt, averaging Vg-Ex. For the Hall of Famer listings, we have noted the number of signatures for each player (if more than one) in parenthesis. The collection is comprised of the following:
Hall of Famer Signed Magazine/Periodical Photos (55):
Aaron (very faint signature), Aparicio, Appling, Ashburn, Banks (2), Berra, Boudreau, Brock (2), Bunning, Cepeda, Cronin, DiMaggio, Drysdale, Durocher, Feller, Ford, Frisch, Foxx, Greenberg, Hornsby, Hubbell, Kaline, Killebrew, Jenkins, Kiner, Koufax, Lombardi (very faint signature), Mantle, Marichal, Mathews, Mays, Mazeroski, McCovey, Morgan (on a photo also picturing and signed by Sonny Jackson), Musial (2), Ott, Reese, Roberts, B. Robinson (2), F. Robinson (2), Santo, Schoendienst, Snider, Spahn (2), Stengel (2), Torre, B. Williams, and Wynn. Hall of Famer Cut Signatures (21):
Cepeda, DiMaggio, Faber, Gomez, Hartnett, Hooper, Hornsby, Hubbell, T. Jackson, Lindstrom, Lombardi (2), Lyons, Marichal, Mays, McCovey, Schalk, Sisler, Spahn, P. Waner, and T. Williams. Non Hall of Famer Signed Magazine/Periodical Photos (126; some duplicates).
Includes Billy Martin, Minnie Minoso, Jimmy Piersall, Mickey Lolich, Lefty O'Doul, Don Larsen, Rocky Colavito, Curt Flood, Richie Allen, Maury Wills, Jackie Jensen, Roy Sievers, Dick Groat, Tommy Davis, Sam McDowell, Frank Howard, Joe Adcock, Danny Murtaugh, Zoilo Versalles, El Roy Face, Curt Belry, and Felipe Alou. Non Hall of Famer Cut Signatures (50).
Includes Billy Hoeft, Harvey Kuenn, Chuck Hiller, Irish Meusel, Fred Snodgrass, and Rip Collins. Total: 252 signed items (181 photos and 71 cuts). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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