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1950s Brooklyn Dodgers Signed Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,410.00
This collection of five substantial signed items dating from the "Golden Age" of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball is highlighted by a 1955 The Golden Stamp Book of the Brooklyn Dodgers signed on the interior by twenty team members and a Karl Spooner 1957 minor-league contract with the Macon Dodgers. 1) 1955 The Golden Stamp Book of the Brooklyn Dodgers . The book is signed in blue ink ("10") along the interior by twenty different Dodgers team members. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures appear on the same page as their respective biography. Newcombe, Erskine, Podres, Loes, Meyer, Hughes, Black, Koufax, Labine, Reese, Snider (twice on the same page), Amoros, Walker, Lasorda (blue Sharpie), Roebuck, Shuba, Herman (coach), Howell (back page), Moryn (back page), and Bessent (back page). Also included with the book are cut signatures (variety of inks, all "10") of eight team members who either have not signed the book or are not represented in the book: Spooner (unlined index card), Alston (unlined index card), Hodges (unlined index card), Furillo (back of a mailed postcard), Becker (unlined index card), Pitler (cut mounted on an unlined index card), Kellert (lined 3 x 5-inch notebook page), Hoak (in pencil, "9," tiny 1 x 1-inch cut). The thirty-two page soft-cover book (8.5 x 11 inches) features all of the thirty-two picture stamps affixed along the interior pages. A few of the pages have separated from the spine and the covers display a number of moderate creases. A slight tear affects the Walker signature. In Very Good condition. 2) Karl Spooner 1957 Macon Dodgers contract. The four-page National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues Uniform Player Contract, dated June 20, 1957, has been signed in blue ink ("10") by Karl Spooner three times, once on the first page and twice on the third page. An addendum on page three states that the Brooklyn Dodgers will pay Spooner the balance of his Major League salary for the year. Spooner, who died in 1984, has always been regarded as a particularly tough signature. The contract is also signed twice by George Pfister on behalf of the Macon Dodgers. The Macon Dodgers were a class A ball club playing in the South Atlantic League. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. 3) Walter O'Malley TLS. One-page typed letter, on official Brooklyn stationery, signed in blue ink ("10") by Walter O'Malley. In his letter, dated September 13, 1951, to a Mrs. Smith regarding her request for autographs by the Dodger players, O'Malley responds in part: "It really would not be much fun if I would get them all for you...I am, however, sending you our latest Line Drives which has facsimile signatures and autographs." The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays normal mailing folds and adhesive residue along each corner from having once been mounted. Ex. 4) 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Signed Ball. Twenty-five blue ink signatures on an official National League (Giles) ball, including Alston (Mgr., sweet spot), Furillo, Pignatano, McDevitt, Amoros, Harris, Craig, Drysdale, Labine, Snider, Gentile, Campanella, Roseboro, Jackson, Erskine, Collum, Hodges, Walker, and Valo. Signatures range in grade from "2" to "6," averaging "4/5." The ball is lightly toned. Vg-Ex. 5) Book signed by 130 players, many of whom played with the Dodgers in the 1950s. The twenty-page, soft-cover book, titled Ebbets Field - A Memoir by Irving Rudd has been signed on the interior in a variety of inks ("10) by 130 players, including Leo Durocher, Al Lopez, Don Drysdale, Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, Pee Wee Reese, Tom Lasorda, Billy Herman, Dixie Howell, Sandy Amoros, Andy Pafko (twice), Dolph Camilli, Chuck Connors, Walt Moryn, Rube Walker, Cookie Lavagetto, Bobby Bragan (twice), Jim Gentile, Joe Black, Clyde Sukeforth, Don Newcombe, Johnny Podres, Mickey Owen, Gene Hermanski, Preacher Roe, George Shuba, Al Gionfriddo, Don Zimmer, Cal Abrams, Carl Furillo, Rex Barney, Wally Moon, Herman Franks, Tommy Davis, Gene Mauch, Spider Jorgensen, and Ralph Branca. Published by Hall of Fame Games, Inc., 1984. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Vg, with separation along the spine (tape repair). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 5 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,410.00
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