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1942 Nap Lajoie Signed Movie Contract for The Pride of the Yankees
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
One-page legal document signed by Hall of Fame second baseman Larry "Nap" Lajoie in which he gives permission for his name and likeness to be used (without compensation) in the film The Pride of the Yankees . Lajoie has signed he document, issued by Samuel Goldwyn Inc., Ltd., in black fountain pen (essentially flawless, grading "10") along the base. (Note: The signature is has been graded "9.5" by PSA.) Although the document is undated, the black ink notation, "Received from Florida — Jan 5 1942," is handwritten along the bottom. The Pride of the Yankees , starring Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig, was released in 1942 to wide critical acclaim. Lajoie's character was never used in the final cut, but it was standard legal procedure to secure the permission of any and all ballplayers who might be featured in a major movie production. It appears that at this early date the studio hadn't officially chosen a name for the film. Instead the document refers to the project as "a motion picture photoplay to be based on the life of Lou Gehrig." This is an unusual and very interesting Lajoie signed document with an extraordinary signature. The document (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds, two notebook holes along the top border, and a staple hole in the upper and lower left corners. In Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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