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Lot # 978 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Two Signed 1938 Whos Who in the Major Leagues Books with 674 Total Signatures (including two Ruths, two Gehrigs, 73 HOFers)

Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $14,100

Each of these two 1938 Who's Who in the Major Leagues soft cover books is distinguished by the fact that it has been signed on the interior by hundreds of players, as well as a few front-office executives and umpires. In total 674 signatures have been collected in the two books, seventy-three of which belong to Hall of Fame players (representing 30 different players). The highlight of each book is a flawless signature of Babe Ruth, scripted in blue ink (grading "10"), that appears above his photo on the Hall of Fame induction page. Other notable Hall of Fame signatures (though each not necessarily represented in both books), include those of Gehrig, DiMaggio, Ott, Foxx, W. Johnson, Greenberg, and Pennock. The vast majority of players have signed the book in blue fountain pen (a few are in pencil) next to their respective photo and short biography (some players are not pictured). Nearly all of the signatures grade either "9" or 10" (the remainder are only slightly lesser), and a few players have signed the book in more than one area. The number of signatures for each player, if more than one, is noted in parentheses. Book One (429 signatures): This book contains five cut signatures which have been affixed next to the respective player (duly noted if the player is listed). Hall of Fame Players: Appling (2), Connolly, Coombs, Cronin (3), Cuyler, Dickey (3), DiMaggio (3), Doerr, Durocher, Feller (2), Ferrell (2), Foxx, Gehrig (2), Gehringer, Goslin, Greenberg, Grimes, Harridge, Harris, Hartnett (2), W. Johnson (cut signature), Lazzeri, Lopez (2), Lyons, McCarthy, Ott (2), Pennock, Ruffing (2), Ruth, and Simmons. Other Notables: Eldon Aucker, Dick Bartell, Ossie Bluege, Tommy Bridges, Spud Chandler (cut signature), Roger Cramer (2), Vince DiMaggio, Wes Ferrell (2), Debs Garms, Ival Goodman, Joe Gordon, Mel Harder, Tommy Henrich, Ken Keltner, Lyn Lary (2), Hans Lobert, George McQuinn, Cliff Melton (3), Bing Miller, Buddy Myer (3), Red Rolfe, Charlie Root, Hal Schumacher, Monty Stratton (2), and Hal Trosky (2). The signatures of E. Allen and Charley Grimm have been traced over. The spine has been reinforced with white tape and the covers display numerous light creases. The pages are clean and free of any major defects. In Very Good condition overall. Book Two (245 signatures): Hall of Fame Players: Appling (2), Connolly, Coombs, Cronin (2), Cuyler, DiMaggio (2), Doerr, Durocher, Feller (2), Ferrell (2), Foxx, Gehringer (2), Greenberg, Grimes, Harridge, Harris, Lopez, Lyons, Ott (2), Pennock, Ruth, and Simmons. Other Notables: Morris Arnovich, Ossie Bluege, Tommy Bridges (2), Dolph Camilli, Spud Chandler, Roger Cramer, Wes Ferrell, Fred Fitzsimmons, Joe Gordon, Mel Harder, Tommy Henrich, Lyn Lary (2), Cookie Lavagetto (2), Cliff Melton (3), Wally Moses (2), Hal Schumacher, George Selkirk, Cecil Travis, Hal Trosky (2), and Rudy York. The covers have separated from the spine, but are present, and display numerous creases and small tears. A few of the pages display small ink stains, otherwise they remain clean and bright. Very Good condition overall. The covers of these books have naturally been subject to extensive wear from handling, but the signatures inside have been perfectly preserved and protected from all elements in the confines of the interior pages. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 books. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $14,100

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