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1920-1934 Val Picinich Contract and Player Release Document Collection - Clark Griffith, Harry Frazee, Wilbert Robinson, and Larry MacPhail (25)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,525

This collection of sixteen Major League players' contracts is comprised of at least one contract issued to catcher Val Picinich for every season between the years 1920 and 1934, including two examples for 1921. Although many are not fully executed, the majority feature at least the team executive's signature. Also included are nine official player release or transfer notices issued to Picinich during that span. Among the many team-executive signatures featured here are those of Hall of Famers Clark Griffith, Wilbert Robinson, and Larry MacPhail, as well as that of notorious Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee. Further highlighting the collection are the inclusion of signed letters to Picinich by Larry MacPhail and C. J. McDiamond. All of the contracts offered here are standard American or National League player's contracts (measuring 8.5 x 11 inches, with the exception of the 1920 example, which measures 8.5 x 14 inches) and the majority remain in Excellent or better condition. Unless otherwise noted, each of the signatures has been scripted in black fountain pen and grades between "8" and "10." 1920 Washington Senators: dated 1/13/20, signed only by Griffith (slight smudging to his last name). Included with the contract is a one-page handwritten letter from Griffith to Picinich (written in the hand of the club secretary). The letter, dated 2/13/20 and written on official Washington American League Base Ball Club stationery, reads "Dear Val, Please sign the enclosed [contract] and return to me. Be on hand here on the 27th. Yours, Clark." 8.5 x 10.75 inches. Ex, with normal mailing folds. 1921 Washington Senators: Two contracts. The first is dated 1/17/21 and is signed only by Griffith. Picinich obviously rejected the contract, which called for an annual salary of $3,600. A short while later he received a second contract, offered here, dated, 2/23/21, which called for a $3,800 annual salary. This contract he accepted and it is signed by Griffith, Picinich, and a witness. Vg, with numerous fold lines. 1922 Washington Senators: dated 3/17/22, signed only by Griffith. The contract includes a handwritten addendum offering Picinich a $300 bonus at year's end, "provided his work is satisfactory to the management of the Washington Club." 1923 Boston Red Sox: dated 3/3/23, boldly signed in blue fountain pen by Harry Frazee and Picinich. 1924: Boston Red Sox: dated 1/28/24, unsigned. 1925 Boston Red Sox: dated 1/31/25, unsigned. 1926 Cincinnati Reds: dated 2/3/26, signed by August Hermann and Picinich. 1927 Cincinnati Reds: dated 2/11/27, signed by August Hermann and a witness. 1928 Cincinnati Reds: dated 6/6/28, signed by C. J. McDiamond and a witness. Included with the contract is a one-page, typed letter, dated 6/6/28 and written on official Cincinnati Base Ball Club Company stationery, also signed by McDiamond. The letter informs Picinich that the club is very happy with his work and is issuing him a new contract calling for an extra $1,000 a year. 1929 Brooklyn Dodgers: dated 4/22/29, signed by Wilbert Robinson and Picinich. 1930 Brooklyn Dodgers: dated 2/20/30, signed by Frank York and Picinich. 1931 Brooklyn Dodgers: undated, except for the year on front, and unsigned. 1932 Brooklyn Dodgers: undated, except for the year on front, and unsigned. Included with the contract is a one-page typed cover letter, dated 1/19/32 and written on official Brooklyn National League Baseball Club stationery, from Frank York (signed by the club secretary). 1933 Brooklyn Dodgers: dated 2/15/33, signed by Stephen McKeever and Picinich (in green ink). 1934 Cincinnati Reds: coaching contract, dated 2/12/34, signed by Larry MacPhail. Included with the contract is a one-page typed cover letter, dated 2/1/2/34 and written on official The Cincinnati Reds Base Ball Club Company stationery, signed by MacPhail. The nine official "Notice to Player of Release or Transfer" slips (measuring 6.25 x 4.25 inches) have all been signed by the respective team official, including one each signed by Clark Griffith and Larry MacPhail. In total, there are nine Hall of Fame signatures featured in this collection, represented by the following three men: Clark Griffith (five examples), Wilbert Robinson (one example), and Larry MacPhail (three examples). Also included are the signatures of Harry Frazee and August Hermann (2). Total: 29 items (sixteen contracts, four letters, and nine player release forms). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,525

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