Gigantic Hall of Fame Signed Magazine-Page Photo Collection (269)

Sold For: $6,463

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 985

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This large and substantial Hall of Fame autograph collection is comprised of 269 signed magazine-page photos. An incredible eighty-six different Hall of Famers are represented here, including Mel Ott, Tris Speaker, Fred Clarke, Lefty Grove, Rogers Hornsby, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Satchel Paige, and Hank Greenberg. During the 1950s and 1960s, magazines were both an inexpensive and easily obtainable source for player photos, especially for autograph collectors. This remarkable collection, which was assembled by a dedicated old-time hobbyist, is not only the single largest collection of signed magazine-page photos we have ever offered, but is also notable for the sheer number of different early Hall of Fame players represented here. Because many of these photos were signed in person for the original owner (our consignor's father), a total of eighty-nine photos feature the inscription "To Larry" preceding the signature. In our listing we have divided the collection by size. The number of items for each listed player (if more than one) is noted in parentheses. Full-Page Photos (158). All of these photos measure approximately 8 x 11 inches (some slightly smaller) and appear to be either the full-size magazine page, or one that is only slightly trimmed. Seventy-eight of the photos in this group are personalized "To Larry." The players represented here are Aaron (3), Ashburn (1), Banks (2), Berra (3), Boudreau (3), Brett (3), Clarke, Clemente, Cronin (2), DiMaggio, Doby (2), Doerr, Drysdale (2), Durocher (3), Eckersley (3), Feller (3), Fingers (2), Fisk (3), Ford (3), Fox (2), Frisch, B. Gibson, Greenberg (2), Grove, Henderson, Hornsby (2), Hubbell, Irvin (2), Jenkins, Kaline (2), Kell (2), Killebrew (3), Kiner (12), Koufax (3), Lemon (3), Lopez (2), Mantle (also signed by Casey Stengel), Marichal (2), Mathews (4), Mays, McCarthy, McCovey, Mize (3), Molitor (2), Musial (7), Newhouser (2), Niekro (2), Ott, Palmer (2), Perry (4), Reese, Rizzuto (4), Roberts (2), B. Robinson (3), Ryan (2), Seaver (3), Schoendienst (3), Sisler, Slaughter (3), Snider (3), Spahn (5), Speaker, Stargell, Sutton, Veeck, Weaver (2), B. Williams (2), Winfield (2), Wynn (3), Yastrzemski (2), and Yount. Smaller photos (111) . These photos range in size from approximately 2 x 2 inches to 8 x 9.5 inches. Eleven of the photos in this group are personalized "To Larry." The players represented here are Alston, Anderson, Aparicio, Ashburn (3), Banks, Berra (6), Boudreau (4), Carew (3), Chandler, DiMaggio (3), Doby (3), Feller (3), Fingers (2), Ford (4), Harris, Henderson, Hubbell, Irvin, Kaline (3), Kell (2), Kiner (3), Lasorda, Lemon (6), Lopez, Mack, Mathews (6), Mays (2), Mazeroski, Murray, Musial (5), Niekro, Paige (2), Palmer (2), Perry, Rizzuto (2), Roberts (4), B. Robinson, Schoendienst, Slaughter (3), Smith (3), Spahn (6), Stargell (2), Stengel (2), Sutton (4), Wilhelm, Winfield, Wynn (2), and Yawkey. Since all of these magazine photos are printed on thin paper stock and were removed from their original publication, nearly all display minor handling flaws, including tiny edge tears, light creases, and slightly uneven borders. Condition ranges from Gd to Ex, averaging Vg-Ex. Total: 269 signed photos. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+.

SOLD FOR $6,463

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