Hall of Fame Signed Letter Collection (12)

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1509

Item Year: 1932

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Collection of ten letters, each signed by a Hall of Fame member, plus two additional letters signed, respectively, by Branch Rickey Jr. and Bobby Richardson. Six of the letters are written to, and originate from, the personal collection of Elmer Dailey, who was president of the Middle Atlantic League from 1926 to 1951. Unless otherwise noted, all of the letters measure 8.5 x 11 inches. The collection is composed of the following: 1) Kenesaw Landis. One-page typed letter, dated August 9, 1929, on "Baseball" letterhead, written to Elmer Dailey. Signed by "Kenesaw Landis" in black fountain pen (grading "8"). Short letter regarding an unspecified dispute. Toned, with 2 horizontal fold lines and a staple hole. Vg. 2) William Harridge. One-page typed letter, dated April 28, 1939, on American League letterhead, written to Dailey. Signed by "William Harridge" in black fountain pen ("10"). Thanking Dailey for sending him annual passes for the Middle Atlantic League and Pennsylvania State Association. Slightly toned with two horizontal folds. Ex. 3) William Harridge. One-page typed letter, dated May 4, 1949, on American League letterhead, written to Dailey. Signed by "William Harridge" in blue fountain pen ("10"). Thanking Dailey for sending him a Middle Atlantic League pass. Slightly toned with two horizontal folds. Ex. 4) Happy Chandler. One-page typed letter, dated May 9, 1949, on "Baseball" letterhead, written to Elmer Dailey. Signed by "A. B. Chandler" in blue fountain pen ("10"). Thanking Daily for sending him a Middle Atlantic League pass. Slightly toned with two horizontal folds. Ex. 5) George Weiss. One-page typed letter, dated December 27, 1949, on "New York Yankees, Inc." letterhead, written to Elmer Dailey. Signed by "George Weiss" in blue fountain pen ("9/10"). Thanking Dailey for his recent Christmas card. Slightly toned with two horizontal folds, a paperclip impression, and a tiny area of discoloration at the base. Vg-Ex. 6) Ford Frick. One-page typed letter, dated April 27, 1950, on National League letterhead, written to Dailey. Signed by "Ford C. Frick" in blue fountain pen ("8/9"). Thanking Dailey for sending him a Middle Atlantic League pass. One horizontal and two vertical folds. Ex. 7) Stan Musial. One-page typed letter, dated September 3, 1975, on "Stan Musial & Biggies, Inc." letterhead, written to National League president Chub Feeney. Signed by "Stan Musial" in blue ink ("9"). Musial has also added the handwritten postscript "Hope to see you at Play-off and W. S." Musial writes to Feeney for reimbursement of his travel expenses to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. With two horizontal folds, a staple hole, and the pencil notation "Hall of Fame Exp" written in the upper right corner. Also has a "Paid" stamping that displays the date and a box to regard the date of payment reciept. Ex. 8) Cool Papa Bell. One-page handwritten letter, dated July 8, 1976, on his personal letterhead (including a portrait photo in the upper left corner), sent to a fan who requested answers to a number of questions. Signed by "James 'Cool Papa' Bell" in blue marker. Bell responds to five questions, including one regarding his greatest thrill: "My greatest thrill in baseball was when the Major Leagues open the door to the black players." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted and grade "10." With slightly toning and two horizontal folds Ex. 9) Waite Hoyt. Two-page typed letter, dated September 9, 1983, on his personal letterhead, written to a Mr. Jack Marcus. Signed "Waite" in blue ink ("10") and also the initial "W" following a typed postscript. In his letter, Hoyt states his contempt for a former co-worker. With moderate toning and two horizontal folds. Vg-Ex. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope (9.5 x 4 inches; Ex). 10) Phil Niekro. One-page handwritten letter, dated November 17, 1984, on New York Yankees letterhead, sent to an autograph fan. Signed "Phil Niekro" in blue ink. Both the text and signature grade "10." Niekro writes to a fan apologizing for losing the fan's first-day cover that he sent for Niekro to sign. The letter (7.75 x 10.75 inches) has two horizontal folds and has been affixed to a slightly larger black-paper mount; otherwise Ex. 11) Branch Rickey Jr. One-page typed letter, dated August 9, 1952, on Pittsburgh Pirates letterhead, written to a prospective investor. Signed "Branch Rickey" in black fountain pen ("10"). Rickey writes to a potential investor in the American Baseball Cap company, which he and his father helped found. Rickey Jr. was vice president of the Pirates from 1951-1955, and oversaw the team's farm system. He died prematurely in 1961 at the age of 47. With two horizontal folds and light creasing. Vg-Ex. 12) Bobby Richardson. One-page typed letter, dated September 17, 1979, on "Ben Lippon School" letterhead, written to a fan. Signed "Bobby Richardson" in black ink ("10"). Richardson thanks a fan for his recent letter. The letter (5.5 x 8.5 inches) has two horizontal folds, a small tear, and both adhesive residue and paper residue from having once been mounted in an album. Vg. Accompanied by its original mailing envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches; Vg, with adhesive residue and paper residue on the front and reverse). Total: 12 letters. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.


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