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Joe DiMaggio Signed Memorabilia Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $705
This diverse collection of Joe DiMaggio signed items is comprised of a number of rarely seen items: a Mr. Coffee display box, two original artworks, a 1936 scorecard issued by The San Francisco Examiner, and two vintage publications. All of the items have been signed by DiMaggio in either blue or black Sharpie and each of the signatures grades a perfect "10." An important note of interest regarding this collection is the fact that our consignor obtained each of the signatures personally at various shows during the 1980s and 1990s. 1) 1975 retail box for the Mr. Coffee II automatic coffee machine; signed in blue Sharpie on the front panel. To many people, especially those in the 1970s who were too young to remember him from his playing days, Joe DiMaggio was better known as "Mr. Coffee" rather than the "Yankee Clipper" due to his long tenure as a spokesperson for the product. This is the first Mr. Coffee retail box we have ever seen signed by DiMaggio (even Barry Halper did not have one in his vast collection). DiMaggio's portrait image appears on both the front and rear panel, below which is printed "Nationally Advertised by Joe DiMaggio." The box (10.5 x 8 x 13.5 inches) displays moderate wear and is in Excellent condition overall. 2) Generic baseball scorecard issued by The San Francisco Examiner in 1936; signed in blue Sharpie on the front. San Francisco was DiMaggio's hometown and this scorecard, which was issued as an insert in The Examiner, dates from his rookie season with the Yankees. The front of the scorecard is lettered "Keep posted on Joe DiMaggio's Sensational Baseball Activities," while the reverse provides details of the "Bat with Joe DiMaggio Contest" and features an image of the Joe DiMaggio "Sport Stamp." Scored in pencil for Game 2 of the 1936 World Series; recording an 18-4 victory by the Yankees over the Giants. The scorecard (11.25 x 6.25 inches), printed on thin cardboard stock, displays tack holes in each corner and a few tiny border tears and creases. Vg-Ex. 3) Original pen-and-ink artwork of Joe DiMaggio (batting pose) by Murray Tinkelman; signed in blue Sharpie on the front. The artwork has also been signed and dated ("88") by the artist. Murray Tinkelman is an award-winning artist whose illustrations have appeared regularly in the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Although not exclusively a sports artist, his baseball artworks have been favorably received by critics and in 1994 The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, ran a special one-man exhibit of his work. The artwork measures 10 x 13 inches and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 16 x 19 inches. 4) Original pen-and-ink artwork of Joe DiMaggio (bust-length image, holding a bat) by Murray Tinkelman; signed in black Sharpie on the front. The artwork has also been signed and dated ("90-91") by the artist. The artwork measures 10 x 12.5 inches and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 16 x 19 inches. 5) May 1948 issue (no. 71) of True Comics; signed in blue Sharpie on the front cover. An illustration of DiMaggio is featured on the cover. Vg-Ex. 6) September 1949 issue of Sport magazine; signed in blue Sharpie on the cover. The cover features a photo of DiMaggio. Vg-Ex. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 6 signed items. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $705
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