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1915-1925 New York Yankees Player Related Documents (5)
Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $1,527.50
This collection of five early New York Yankees player contracts and transfer agreements includes three player contracts, each signed by Hall of Famer Ban Johnson (in his capacity as president of the American League), and two transfer agreements, including a 1919 transfer agreement for Hall of Fame pitcher Dazzy Vance. 1) The one-page “Uniform Agreement for Transfer of a Player to or by a Major League Club” is dated August 10, 1919, and records the transfer of Vance’s contract from the Sacramento Baseball Association to the American League Base Ball Club of New York. It has been signed in black fountain pen (grading “10”) along the bottom by Yankees president Jacob Ruppert and the president of the Sacramento club. The transfer stipulates that Vance would remain with Sacramento for the remainder of the season. Vance pitched briefly for the Yankees in 1918, and even though they repurchased his contract in 1919, he never again appeared in a regular season game with them. Vance later went on to enjoy a spectacular career with the Dodgers and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955. 2) 1915 uniform player’s contract between Allen Russell and the Yankees. Dated 9/10/15 and signed in black fountain pen (“9/10”) by American League President Ban Johnson, Jacob Ruppert and Russell. 3) 1915 uniform player’s contract between B.B. (Ford) Meadows and the Yankees. Dated 8/26/15 and signed in black fountain pen (“9/10”) by American League President Ban Johnson, Jacob Ruppert, and Meadows. 4) 1917 uniform player’s contract between Wilson “Chick” Fewster and the Yankees. Dated 9/17/17 and signed in black fountain pen by American League President Ban Johnson (“10”), Jacob Ruppert (“8”), and Fewster (“9”). 5) 1925 uniform transfer agreement between the Yankees and the Atlanta Baseball Company sending Henry Cullop from the Yankees to Atlanta. Signed in black fountain pen (“9”) by Jacob Ruppert and the president of the Atlanta Baseball Company (Ruppert's signature on this document was actually done by general manager Ed Barrow, who often signed official documents on his behalf.) All of the players represented here appeared on the Yankees official roster and played in at least one game with the club at some point in time with the exception of Meadows. The one-page transfer documents and the two-page standard player contracts each measure 8.5 x 14 inches. All are in strong Excellent condition with the exception of the Cullop transfer agreement (Vg-Ex, due to a few minor creases and a tiny edge tear). This is a very unusual and interesting group of early Yankees documents that have recently and unexpectedly been discovered in an estate. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 5 documents. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,527.50
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