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Significant Hall of Fame Signature Collection (22)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $5,581.25
Presented is a substantial collection of twenty-two rare Hall of Fame signatures, representing twenty different players, that has been very carefully culled from our consignor’s comprehensive Hall of Famer signature collection. Each is a high quality signature example. This is a quality group. All of the players included in this lot are long since deceased and the collection includes both a few prewar and postwar rarities. Even at a glance, it would be hard not to recognize the high caliber of the signers, many of whose signatures are extremely scarce. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures have been penned in either blue or black ink (grading “9/10”) and the items are in Excellent overall condition. Comprised of: Frank Baker (two examples, one on a 3 x 4-inch second-generation photo, “8,” the other on a 3.25 x 5.5-inch toned government postcard, postmarked 7/3/56), Ed Barrow (9 x 3.25-inch New York Yankees payroll check, dated 8/15/30 and made out to Henry Johnson, signed by Barrow as General Manager and by team owner Jacob Ruppert; Johnson has endorsed the check on the reverse), Alexander Cartwright (8.5 x 11-inch handwritten letter, dated July 17, 1862, written in his capacity as head of the Honolulu, Hawaii, Fire Department. [Please Note: this is a letterpress, which is a copy of the original letter made by use of an early form of carbon paper. It is not an original handwritten letter] ), Nestor Chylak (3 x 5-inch blue, unlined index card), Fred Clarke (4 x 1-inch cut), Roberto Clemente (3-1/2 x 2-3/4-inch lined notepad page, Vg), Cochrane (4 x 6-inch newspaper photo), Eddie Collins (8.5 x 11-inch one-page “Uniform Agreement for the Assignment of a Player’s Contract to or by a Major League Club,” signed by Collins in his capacity as Vice President of the Boston Red Sox, dated 4/19/43, sending Albert Olsen to San Diego of the PCL; together with an 8 x 10-inch second-generation photo of Collins), Dean (3 x 5-inch unlined index card), Johnny Evers (3 x 5-inch cut, dated 1944), Nellie Fox (1961 Topps baseball card, slight adhesive residue on reverse from having once been mounted, otherwise Nr-Mt), Harry Heilmann (4.25 x 5.5-inch sheet, handwritten note: “Phyllis: Wish I could have had the pleasure of meeting you this evening. Regards. Harry Heilmann”; tape residue on the reverse along all four borders and a small stain in the upper left corner), Lajoie (3 x 5-inch lined index card, dated 2/23/49), Bill McGowan (3 x 1-inch cut, green ink, small tear along left border), Kid Nichols (5 x 2-inch cut, adhesive residue along entire signature from tape having been removed, Vg), Mel Ott (5.25 x 8.5-inch cut magazine page, Vg, with tape repair along the right border), Satchel Paige (3.5 x 5.5-inch 1973 TCMA Autograph Series card, tape remnant on reverse), Jackie Robinson (4.5 x 1.75-inch cut), Ed Walsh (two examples, one on a 3 x 5-inch government postcard, postmarked 9/23/52, the other on a 2.75 x 4.5-inch cut newspaper photo), and Paul Waner (3 x 5-inch cut). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 22 signed pieces. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $5,581.25
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