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Early 1930s Joe DiMaggio Signature Collection (3)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,645.00

Presented in this collection are three remarkable extremely early Joe DiMaggio signature examples, including one dating from his first brief appearance in professional baseball with the San Francisco Seals in 1932. DiMaggio signed a lot in his later years, both during his years with the Yankees and during his retirement, but it is extremely rare to find signatures dating from the early 1930s. 1) 1932 Autograph Book. This small, leather-bound autograph album, titled “Class Autographs” on the cover, features what is certainly one of the earliest Joe DiMaggio signatures in existence. DiMaggio’s signature, scripted “J. DiMaggio” in pencil (grading “9”), appears alone on a page, below which is the written notation (not in DiMaggio’s hand), “Right Fielder – Seals Team.” A small newspaper cutout of DiMaggio’s head is also affixed to the page. All of the remaining autographs in the book, with the exception of a Seals coach, appear to be school-related (classmates, teachers, etc.). A great majority of the signatures are dated “1932,” which makes it likely that DiMaggio signed the book in the summer of 1932. DiMaggio joined the Seals at the age of seventeen in 1932, but he only appeared in a few games with the club. The following year he established himself as the Pacific Coast League’s top player, batting .340 with 28 home runs and a League-leading 169 RBI. He also hit safely in sixty-one consecutive games, foreshadowing his Major League streak in 1941. The album measures 6.25 x 4.5 inches and is in Excellent to Mint condition. 2) 1933 San Francisco Seals Team Autograph Sheet. This page, taken from an autograph album, features the blue fountain-pen signatures of ten members of the 1933 San Francisco Seals: Joe DiMaggio (signed “J. DiMaggio”), John Fenton, Leo Ostenberg, Augie Galan, John Bottarini, Ed Stutz, Ike Caveney, Mike Hunt, Art Garibaldi, and Lee Stine. Each of the signatures grades “9/10” and the page (4.25 x 6 inches) is in Near Mint condition. 1933 was DiMaggio’s first full season in professional baseball. 3) Circa 1930s Signed Photo. The photo pictures DiMaggio in a batting pose as a member of the New York Yankees. It has been inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Howard Hearn – With Best Wishes – to a real baseball fan – J. DiMaggio.” Both the inscription and signature grade “7/8” overall. The signature style featured on the photo is very early and the piece most likely dates from one of DiMaggio’s first few seasons with the Yankees. DiMaggio joined the Yankees in 1936 and his arrival coincided with the club winning four consecutive World Championships. The photo measures 7 x 9 inches and is in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,645.00

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