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Hall of Fame Signature Collection (55 Items, 81 HOF Signatures)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,997.50
This diverse collection features a total of eighty-one Hall of Fame signatures, among the sixty-four different players represented in total, on fifty-five individual items. Included are many highlights. The majority of the signatures have been penned individually on an assortment of items including index cards, postcards, cachets, photos, and baseball cards. Thirty of the eighty-one Hall of Fame signatures offered here appear on two multi-signed balls. The vast majority of the pieces grade Excellent or better, and those that are in lesser condition are duly noted below. The signatures have been penned in a variety of inks, and, unless otherwise noted, all have been signed on the front of the respective item and grade "9" or "10." Postcards (13): Unless otherwise noted, all are real-photo postcards. Berra (T.C.M.A. All-Time Greats picture postcard), Combs (standard postcard, Vg), Coveleski, Ford (T.C.M.A. All-Time Greats picture postcard), Frick (govt. postcard, signed on reverse), Hooper (with tape residue on the reverse from having once been mounted), Lindstrom (with tape residue on the reverse from having once been mounted), Lombardi, Roush, Ruffing, Veeck, L. Waner (with tape residue on the reverse from having once been mounted), T. Williams (Thumper Inc. postcard, Vg-Ex). Index Cards (10): Unless otherwise noted, all are unlined. All are 3 x 5-inch index cards. Averill, Bancroft, Giles, Harridge (lined), Hoyt, Lombardi (lined), Larry MacPhail, Lee MacPhail , Schalk (clipped along the lower right corner), and Weiss (lined). Cachets: (4): All are Babe Ruth first-day covers postmarked 7/6/83. Dickey, Durocher, Hoyt, and Sewell. Baseball Cards (8): Alston (1970 Topps #242), Carter (1980 Topps #70) , Fox (1964 Topps Giants #13), Lasord a (1983 Topps #306), Lemon (1953 Topps reprint card "The Cards That Never Were"), Lopez (1978 Grand Slam), Puckett (1988 Donruss #15), and Schoendienst (1988 Pacific Trading Cards Baseball Legends #2). Photographs (9): Berra (Hall of Fame photo card, 10 x 8 inches), Ferrell (on a Hall of Fame photo card, trimmed, 8 x 10 inches), Frick (snapshot photo, 3.5 x 3.5 inches), Frisch/Medwick (cut newspaper photo, 5 x 6 inches, signed by both Frisch and Medwick), J. Johnson (cut magazine photo, 4.5 x 6 inches), Larry MacPhai l (cut magazine photo, 4 x 7 inches, Vg), Lee MacPhail (snapshot photo, 4 x 5 inches), Manush (cut magazine photo, 3 x 3.5 inches), and Stengel (Mets picture pack photo, 5 x 7 inches, Vg) . Letter (1): Waite Hoyt one-page TLS, dated 12/21/76, written on his personal stationery, signed "Sincerely Waite." Hoyt offers a friend thanks for a Christmas gift. He also mentions Red Ruffing and writes that he "was the Yankees best righthander." The letter (5 x 7 inches) is matted by means of tape on the reverse . Two Multi-Signed HOF Balls: 1 ) Eight blue ink signatures ("9/10") on an ONL (Giamatti) ball: Dandridge (sweet spot), Drysdale, Herman, Snider, Ford, Mays, B. Gibson, and Lemon. 2) Twenty-one blue ink signatures on an ONL (Feeney) ball: J. Johnson (sweet spot), Berra, Lyons, Greenberg, T. Williams, Dickey, McCarthy, Grimes, Kelly, L. Waner, Cronin, Ruffing, Haines, Lindstrom, Marquard, Paige, Conlan, Harris, Frick, and two others (faded beyond recognition). With the exception of Johnson and Berra, all of the signatures have fading, grading "2/3" on average. Miscellaneous Items (8) : Bench (on a cardboard sheet, 7 x 5 inches), Cuyler (on a small, irregular cut, 4.25 x 1 inches), R. Jackson (two items, signed ticket stub and signed Angels program from the game in which Jackson hit his 500th home run on 9/17/84), Mazeroski (on a 1968 Dexter Press photo card, 3.5 x 5.5 inches), Me l Ott (on an autograph book sheet with seventeen other signatures including Chuck Klein and Travis Jackson, 4.5 x 5.5 inches), Spahn (on an All Star Sports Series photo card, 4 x 6 inches), Weiss (1951 one-page transfer agreement between the Yankees and Kansas City, 8.5 x 11 inches). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 55 different signed items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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