1932 Honus Wagner Handwritten Letter

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1505

Item Year: 1932

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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One-page handwritten letter, dated February 21, 1932, signed by legendary Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner. In his letter, scripted upon Hotel Windsor (Wheeling, West Virginia) stationery, Wagner writes to Elmer Daily, president of the Mid Atlantic League, and lobbies for the league to use baseball's bearing his endorsement. In full: "Mr. Elmer Daily/Pres. Mid Atlantic League. Gentlemen: I will consider it a great favor if you will again use my signature on the base ball the coming season. Thanking you for past favors and wishing you a successful season. Sincerely, J. Hans Wagner." Both the text and signature are executed in black fountain pen. It appears that Wagner's pen was running out at the end of the signature and he went back over the "r" in Wagner; otherwise it grades "9" overall, as does the text. The Mid Atlantic League was a Class C League that was in continuous operation from 1925 through 1951, with just a short hiatus during World War II. Many of the teams in the league were located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, which explains Wagner's affiliation with the organization (Wagner lived in the Pittsburgh area). The letter (6 x 9.5 inches) displays light toning, a vertical and horizontal mailing fold, a few additional light creases, and minor age spotting. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches; Gd, with numerous creases). Total: 2 items (letter and envelope). Full LOA from Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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