Four-page fold-over contract, dated December 18, 1955, between Duke Snider and the Brooklyn National Baseball Club, Inc., signed in blue ink by "Edwin D. Snider" (grading "10") and in black ink by "E. J. Bavasi" ("10") as vice president. The one-year contract, for the 1956 season, calls for Snider to receive a salary of $35,000. Snider enjoyed one of his greatest all-around seasons in 1956, batting .292 with a league and career-high 43 home runs and 101 RBI. Although Snider was often overshadowed by his two New York counterparts, Mantle and Mays, his record during the 1950s cannot be denied. Snider hit forty or more home runs for five consecutive years beginning in 1953 and his total of 326 home runs was the most by any player in the decade. He finished his career with 407 home runs, 1,333 RBI and a .295 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980. Contracts of Hall of Fame players are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is only the second Snider contract we have ever offered and we can recall having seen just four others at public auction. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays staple holes in the upper left corner and is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Accompanied by an official 8 x 10-inch Dodgers publicity photo of Snider (Vg, with a corner chip). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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