1957 Bill Dickey Old-Timers'' Day Signed Presentation Piece - 111 Signatures - Cobb, DiMaggio, Baker, Crawford, and Many Others

Sold For: $2,233

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1084

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1957 New York Yankees Old Timers' Day presentation piece given to Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, signed by 111 attendees, including sixteen Hall of Famers. Bill Dickey spent nearly thirty years in pinstripes, both as a player and coach, and at the time of his retirement in 1957 he was one of the most beloved members of the New York Yankees family. Unfortunately, Dickey was ill for part of the 1957 season and missed the team's Old Timers' Day game on July 27, 1957. So that he wouldn't feel entirely left out of the festivities on that day, his friends and teammates had this special commemorative piece produced in his honor. The large-format certificate, scripted in grand calligraphic style, reads "Old Timers Day /Greetings to 'Hall of Famer' Bill Dickey/Yankee Stadium/July 27, 1957." Below the title are the signatures of 111 individuals who attended the game, including both current and former players, team executives, sportswriters, and a few other friends of Dickey's. The warm feelings many had for Dickey are reflected in a number of additional notations added by the signers, including Joe Page ("Get well quick"), Toots Shor ("We miss you"), and Elden Auker ("Good luck Bill"). The Yankees were hosting the Tigers on Old Timers' Day in 1957; therefore, many of the non-Yankee signatures belong to members of the Detroit Tigers, both past and present. Among the many blue-ink signatures on this certificate are those of Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Baker, Sam Crawford, Casey Stengel, Joe McCarthy, Mickey Cochrane, Heinie Manush, Earl Combs, Red Ruffing, Hal Newhouser, Lefty Gomez, Charles Gehringer, Lee MacPhail, Will Harridge, Ford Frick, George Weiss, Dan Topping, Buddy Hassett, Virgil Trucks, Dizzy Trout, Schoolboy Rowe, Monte Pearson, Charlie Keller, Tommy Byrne, Marius Russo, Hank Borowy, Nick Etten, Roger Cramer, Tommy Bridges, Willis Hudlin, Red Rolfe, General Crowder, Bump Hadley, George Moriarty, Art Jorgens, Spud Chandler, Russ Van Atta, Bill Rogell, Elden Auker, Joe Page, Toots Shor (famous New York restaurateur), and Mel Allen (longtime Yankees announcer). Sixty-six of the signatures are boldly scripted and grade "9" or "10," including Cobb, Crawford, Baker, Stengel, McCarthy, Frick, Harridge, Gomez, Cochrane, Gehringer, Manush, MacPhail, and Ruffing. Forty-five of the signatures have slightly faded over time and grade "5" or "6," including DiMaggio, Newhouser, and Combs. Extremely substantial unusual presentation signed items such as this are very difficult to value simply because they are unique. When they do become available they sometimes represent an extraordinary value among vintage autographed items. The certificate (17 X 22 inches) displays a horizontal center fold, as well as a few areas of light yellow toning, and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. It has been matted and framed together with a recent photographic print of Dickey to total dimensions of 26.5 x 43 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+.
SOLD FOR $2,233

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