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1902-1979 Baseball Player Signed High School/College Yearbook Collection (19)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,637.50
In many areas of collecting, Barry Halper was a man ahead of his time. Long before the high school and college yearbooks of professional athletes and celebrities became an established area of collecting, Barry had already entered the field and assembled a substantial collection. Of course, after acquiring the yearbooks, Barry then concentrated his efforts in having each book signed (whenever possible) by the respective player. Most of them honored his request and usually added a special inscription to him on the interior leaf. Offered is Barry's high school/college yearbook collection, featuring high school/college yearbooks of many well known stars and Hall of Famers. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures listed are of recent vintage and were signed at Barry's request. Many books feature multiple signatures of the respective player, as Barry attempted to have players sign wherever they were pictured. (Most players are pictured many times in addition to their standard yearbook photo, as they often played other sports and were members of various school clubs.) These yearbooks were once owned by classmates of the players, and as such, nearly all display interior inscriptions to the former owners. Unless otherwise noted, the books are all in Excellent condition and each of the player signatures and inscriptions grades "10." Christy Mathewson: 1902 Bucknell University yearbook. Mathewson, who was president of his class, has not signed the book but he is pictured five times. The book has been beautifully rebound in leather and bears the gilt stamped letters "The Barry Halper Baseball Archives" on the front. Stan Musial: 1939 Donora High School senior yearbook. Signed four times in blue ink including the inscription "To Barry - One of baseball's greatest fans and collector - your friend - Stan Musial." Interestingly, this book also pictures Joseph Griffey, the father of Ken Griffey, and the grandfather of Ken Griffey Jr. Both Ken Griffey (in black ink) and Ken Griffey Jr. (in blue ink) have also signed the book next to his picture. Jackie Robinson: 1941 U.C.L.A. Southern Campus junior yearbook. Robinson has not signed the book but is pictured seven times. Bobby Thomson: 1942 Curtis High School senior yearbook. Signed twice in blue Sharpie including an inscription to Barry. The book also features a vintage Thomson signature. Joe Garagiola: 1943 South Side Catholic High School senior yearbook. Signed twice in blue ink, including a lengthy inscription that reads "Barry - Only you could come up with a copy of my high school yearbook. When I looked on page 10, I didn't read the copy. I just looked at that 'mop of hair' and almost cried. You now have a picture of me proving at one time I could have dandruff like the big guys. Good luck, always. Your friend Joe Garagiola or as on pg. 10 Joseph 'Garage' Garagiola." Billy Martin: 1946 Berkeley High School senior yearbook. Inscribed in blue ink on the interior leaf: "To Barry - The best of luck to a great fan of baseball + the N. Y. Yankees. Your friend always - Billy Martin - Yankees Always." Earl Weaver: 1948 Beaumont High School senior yearbook. Signed five times in blue ink, including the inscription: "Barry - Thank you so much for digging up my past. I'm proud to put this book in your collection. Your Pal Earl Weaver." Harmon Killebrew: 1954 Payette High School senior yearbook. Signed seventeen times in blue Sharpie. Brooks Robinson: 1955 Little Rock Central High School senior yearbook. Signed eight times including an inscription to Barry. Phil Niekro: 1957 senior yearbook from Bridgeport High School. Signed six times in blue Sharpie, including this inscription: "Barry - Hope you enjoy my yearbook. We've come a long way - Your Pal - Phil Niekro." Pete Rose: 1959 Western Hills High School junior yearbook. Signed five times in blue Sharpie, including an inscription to Barry. Accompanying the is book a 1978 Western Hills High School "50th anniversary" supplement inscribed in blue Sharpie by Rose. Tommy John: 1961 Gerstmeyer Technical High School senior yearbook. Signed six times in blue ink, including this inscription: "To Barry - With my best wishes to a super person. Thanks for being my friend. Tommy John." Tom Seaver: 1962 Fresno High School senior yearbook. Signed four times in blue ink, including this inscription: "To Barry - Would you believe 26 years later - Tom Seaver." Jim Palmer: 1963 Scottsdale High School senior yearbook. Signed six times in blue Sharpie, including this inscription: "To Barry - I'm proud you have this book in your collection - Jim Palmer 1991." Nolan Ryan: 1965 Alvin High School senior yearbook. Signed three times in black ink, including this inscription: "To my pal Barry - I always enjoy visiting with you. Nolan Ryan." Johnny Bench: 1965 Binger High School senior yearbook. Signed six times in blue Sharpie, including an inscription to Barry. Mike Schmidt: 1967 Fairview High School senior yearbook. Signed six times in blue Sharpie, including an inscription to Barry. George Brett: 1971 El Segundo High School senior yearbook: Signed six times in blue Sharpie, including this inscription: "Barry - Now you know my past. I hope you like it. As always, wishing you only the best. - George Brett 1988." Don Mattingly: 1979 Reitz Memorial High School senior yearbook. Signed five times in blue Sharpie. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOAs from James Spence/JSA. Total: 19 yearbooks. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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