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1931 Eddie Collins Signed Coaches Contract

Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $2,115.00

This "American League Uniform Employe's [sic] Contract" between Eddie Collins and the Philadelphia Athletics is dated June 27, 1931, and has been signed by Eddie Collins and American League President William Harridge. In the contract, Collins agrees to accept the position of coach with the Philadelphia Athletics for the remainder of the 1931 season. In return, he is to receive a salary of "$1.00 & other consideration." The contract has been signed by "Edward T Collins" in black fountain pen ("10'), and has also been signed by Philadelphia Athletics team president John Shibe and a witness. The front of the contract has been signed in black fountain pen ("9") by American League President William Harridge. Collins began his career in 1906 with Connie Mack's A's and he helped lead the club to four pennants and three World Championships before being dealt to the White Sox in 1915. He later rejoined the A's in 1927 and played four more years before retiring as an active player. Collins probably accepted this coaching position as a favor to Connie Mack, hence the nominal salary. He returned as a coach in 1932 before officially hanging up his spikes for good. Often considered the finest second baseman of his era, Collins was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches, unfolded) displays two normal horizontal fold lines and a few tiny areas of light discoloration. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $2,115.00

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