This extraordinary collection is composed of signature examples of thirty-four of the thirty-six players who participated in baseball's first All-Star Game, held at Chicago's Comiskey Park on July 6, 1933. Also included are the signatures of American League manager Connie Mack, his two coaches, Eddie Collins and Art Fletcher, and the two National League coaches, Bill McKecknie and Max Carey. All told, a total of twenty-two Hall of Fame players are represented here. Missing only the signatures of National League manager John McGraw, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig for completion. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures are executed on either a lined or unlined index card. The players featured in this collection, listed by team affiliation, are as follows: American League (19):
Connie Mack (Mgr., cut sig), Art Fletcher (coach; government postcard), Eddie Collins (coach; cut sig affixed to an index card), Jimmie Foxx (autograph album page), Lefty Gomez, Al Simmons (cut sig), Lefty Grove, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey (personalized "To Bruce"), Charlie Gehringer, Earl Averill, Tony Lazzeri (cut sig), Rick Ferrell, Wes Ferrell, Jimmie Dykes, Ben Chapman, General Crowder, Orel Hildebrandt, and Sam West. National League (20):
Max Cary (coach; personalized to "Craig + Bruce"), Bill McKechnie (coach), Pie Traynor, Frankie Frisch, Carl Hubbell, Gabby Hartnett, Paul Waner, Bill Terry, Chick Hafey, Chuck Klein (on a cut with Bill Jurges), Hal Schumacher, Lefty O'Doul, Wally Berger, Warneke, Tony Cuccinello, Bill Hallahan, Dick Bartell, Pepper Martin, Woody English, Jim Wilson (on an autograph album page; other signatures on the reverse including Ted Lyons). Also included are index cards featuring the signatures of Eddie Rommell and Bill Walker. Although neither player was selected to play in the game, both were present as evidenced by the team pictures taken that day. It is believed that both served as batting practice pitchers for their respective leagues. Signatures, penned in a variety of inks (many vintage fountain pen), range from "6" to "10," averaging "8/9." All of the individual cards and cuts are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 41 items (either index cards or cuts). Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).
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