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1921-1978 Famous Sluggers Publication Collection Autographed (52)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,320.00

Presented is an extremely extensive collection of fifty-two different Famous Sluggers booklets, dating from 1921 through 1978 (missing only 1922, 1929, 1938, 1944, 1945, 1948), with thirty signed by the player or players featured on the cover. For many years the 1929 issue has been considered the first issue of this annual publication, although in fact the series really started years earlier with different titles, and this collection includes many of these rare, early editions. Hillerich & Bradsby first introduced this publication in a large format (6 x 9 inches) in 1921, and did not return to this format again until 1926. In the years in between, H&B went to a smaller booklet format (3.5 x 6 inches) and changed the title to The Winning Punch - the Art of Batting (1923) and The Knack of Batting (1924 and 1925). The Famous Sluggers larger format was used again in 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930. This is an impressive collection, carefully assembled one at a time by a very knowledgeable, advanced collector over a period of many years. Famous Sluggers yearbooks have always been popular, in part because they are ideal for display, featuring major stars such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Mickey Mantle on their covers. Comprised of: 1921 (covers detached, otherwise Vg); 1923 (Ex); 1924 (ink stamp on the cover, otherwise Vg); 1925 (tape along spine and pages separated from staples but still all intact, Vg); 1926 (missing piece from back cover, otherwise Vg-Ex); 1927 (Vg); 1928 (Gd); 1930 (Vg); 1931 (paper loss on back cover, otherwise Vg-Ex); 1932 (Vg-Ex); 1933 (Foxx, Vg-Ex); 1934 (Gehrig, Vg-Ex); 1935 (Vg); 1936 (Gehrig/Ott, Vg-Ex); 1937 (signed by Gehringer ["9"], Ex); 1939 (Foxx, Gd); 1940 (signed by DiMaggio and Mize ["8"], Vg-Ex); 1941 (signed by DiMaggio and Mize ["9"], Vg-Ex); 1942 (signed by DiMaggio, Williams, Mize ["8"], Ex); 1943 (signed by Williams ["9"], Vg); 1946 (Vg); 1947 (signed by Musial and Vernon ["9"], Vg); 1949 (signed by Williams and Musial ["9"], Vg-Ex); 1950 (signed by Williams, Kell, Kiner ["9"], Vg-Ex); 1951 (signed by Kiner ["9"], Ex); 1952 (signed by Snider and Mize ["9"], Ex); 1953 (Ex); 1954 (Vg-Ex); 1955 (signed by Williams ["9"], Vg-Ex); 1956 (signed by Kaline, Ashburn, Snider ["9"], Ex); 1957 (signed by Mantle and Aaron ["9"], Vg); 1958 (Vg-Ex); 1959 (signed by Musial ["8"], Ex); 1960 (signed by Aaron, Killebrew, Mathews, Kaline, Banks, Cepeda, Runnels ["8"], Vg-Ex); 1961 (signed by Banks ["9"], Ex); 1962 (Maris, Ex); 1963 (signed by Runnels ["9"], Ex); 1964 (signed by Yaz ["8"], Ex); 1965 (signed by Killebrew and Oliva ["9"], Ex); 1966 (signed by Oliva ["9"], Vg-Ex); 1967 (signed by F. Robinson and Alou ["8"], Vg); 1968 (signed by Yaz ["8"], Ex); 1969 (signed by Rose and Yaz ["9"], Ex); 1970 (signed by Rose, Yaz, Carew ["9"], Ex); 1971 (signed by Bench ["9"], Ex); 1972 (signed by Reese, Stargell, Oliva ["9"], Vg-Ex); 1973 (signed by Allen ["8"], Ex); 1974 (signed by Aaron ["8"], Ex-Mt); 1975 (signed by Bench ["9"], Ex-Mt); 1976 (Ex-Mt); 1977 (Ex-Mt); 1978 (signed by Madlock ["7"], Ex). LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Total 52 booklets (30 covers signed). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,320.00

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