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Hans Lobert Document and Photo Archive Including John McGraw Signed Photo
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,406.25
Large collection of material, including letters, photos, and contracts originating from the estate of John “Hans” Lobert. Lobert, who broke into the majors as a third baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903, acquired his nickname “Hans” due to his resemblance to Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner. Lobert was a solid hitter and one of the fastest players ever to take the field. After a fine fourteen-year career (.274 lifetime average), which also included stints with the Cubs, Reds, Phillies and Giants, Lobert accepted a coaching position at West Point. He later returned to the Major Leagues as a coach with both the Phillies and Reds, and in 1942 managed the Phillies for one season. He passed away in 1968 at the age of eighty-six. Barry Halper long ago had occasion to trade for a small collection of items once belonging to Lobert, which are presented in this lot. The highlight of this collection is a photo signed along the matting by John McGraw. Lobert played under McGraw for three seasons and following his career the two became good friends. The photo (7 x 5 inches), which captures Lobert, McGraw, their wives, and a number of other couples at restaurant, has been matted to total dimensions of 10 x 8 inches. McGraw has signed the matting “John J. McGraw” in black fountain pen (“9”) as has Lobert (“8”) and eight other men and women present that night. In Excellent condition. The following is a list of the additional items in the collection: 1) 1919 Hans Lobert passport (9 x 12 inches, unfolded), signed three times by Lobert in black fountain pen (grading “8/9”). Ex. 2) 1913 Hans Lobert passport, signed once by Lobert in black fountain pen (“10”). The passport (11.5 x 16.5 inches, unfolded) was canceled in 1917. Vg-Ex. 3) Hans Lobert 1934 Philadelphia Phillies coaching contract (8.5 x 11 inches), dated 1/4/34, and signed in blue ink by Lobert (“10”) and the team president. Vg. 4) Hans Lobert 1938 Philadelphia Phillies coaching contract (8.5 x 11 inches), undated, and signed in black ink by Lobert (“10”) and the team president. Ex. 5) Hans Lobert 1943 Cincinnati Reds coaching contract (8.5 x 11 inches), dated 3/2/43, and signed in blue ink (“9”) only by team president Warren Giles. Ex-Mt. Accompanied by both a one-page cover letter (8.5 x 11 inches), typed on Reds team stationery, signed in black ink (“8”) by Warren Giles (Ex), and the original mailing envelope (Vg). 6) Hans Lobert 1944 Cincinnati Reds coaching contract (8.5 x 11 inches), dated 1/17/44, and signed in blue ink (“9”) by Lobert (“9”) and team president Warren Giles (“10”). Ex-Mt. Accompanied by both a one-page cover letter (8.5 x 11 inches), typed on Reds team stationery, signed in blue ink (“10”) by Warren Giles (Ex), and the original mailing envelope (Vg). 7) One-page typed letter, on official National League letterhead, to Hans Lobert from League president Ford Frick. The letter is dated 12/24/42 and has been signed in black ink by Frick (“8/9”). In the letter Frick asks Lobert for his opinion on the type of ball the League used the previous season. Vg-Ex. 8) Six documents (letters, telegrams, monetary lists) from 1934 relating to the construction of a John McGraw Memorial. None of the documents is signed. In Excellent condition overall. 9) One-page letter of recommendation for Lobert from G. P. Nugent, the president of the Philadelphia Phillies. Dated 4/4/33 and signed by Nugent in black ink (“9”). Vg-Ex. 10) Collection of sixteen 8 x 10-inch photos (two slightly larger) capturing Lobert during various stages of his career, both on and off the field. Ex overall. 11) Photo album featuring thirty photos and a few miscellaneous items (newspaper clippings, greeting cards, etc.) relating to Hans Lobert. Lobert is featured in nearly all of the photos; however, also included is a single photo of John McGraw, alone, in formal attire. Most of the photos are of the snapshot variety (3.25 x 5.5 inches) and picture Lobert with his friends and family. A smaller number picture him during his coaching career and are slightly larger in size (averaging 8.5 x 6.5 inches). In Excellent condition overall. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1500. SOLD FOR $4,406.25
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