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Willie Foster Signed Letter (HOF 1996)
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
One-page letter addressed to former Hall of Fame pitcher and former Negro League great Willie Foster, upon which Foster has scripted a brief reply. The original handwritten letter, which is undated, is addressed to "Mr. Bill Foster," and reads "I would be deeply honored if you can autograph the enclosed news photo and article for my collection of Negro League memorabilia. Any photo you may be able to include would be most welcome. The best of luck and health to you always. Your Pal, Tommy." Along the base of the letter Foster has penned the blue-ink response (grading "9"), "Thanks Tommy, Bill Foster." Although undated, this letter was probably written to Foster in the 1960s, at which time he was both baseball coach and dean of men at Alcorn College in Mississippi. Foster's signature today is quite rare, largely due to the fact that he passed away in 1978, but wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame until 1996. Foster was one of the greatest pitchers in Negro League history and ranks as the League's all-time leader in career wins (137). He also compiled a record of 6-1 against white all-star clubs and was 11-10 in head-to-head games against Satchel Paige. The letter (5 x 7 inches), written on unlined stationery, displays two horizontal mailing folds as well as light soiling. In Excellent condition overall. Matted and framed together with a second-generation photo (9.5 x 7 inches) of Wells to total dimensions of 19.25 x 11.25 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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