1927 Hinkey Haines Testimonial Dinner Program Signed by Lou Gehrig and Many Others
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,231
Four-page program from a "Testimonial Dinner Tendered to Hinkey Haines of the New York Football Giants," held at the Hotel Astor in New York City on December 8, 1927, signed on the cover in black fountain pen by twenty-three individuals, including Lou Gehrig. Hinkey Haines was the star tailback of the 1927 NFL champion New York Giants football team, and the program features both a full-page photo of him and a biography. Interestingly, Haines was also a member of the New York Yankees 1923 World Championship club and even appeared in the 1923 fall classic, albeit for one at bat. Judging by the signatures on the cover, this dinner for Haines was well attended by many of New York's top professional athletes. As one might expect, the majority of the signatures belong to members of the New York Giants football team, but also included are those of Gehrig and Joe Dugan from the New York Yankees. The fourteen New York Giants signers are Cal Hubbard (football and baseball Hall of Famer), Joe Gyonas (football Hall of Famer), Steve Owen (football Hall of Famer), Jack McBride, Hec Garvey, Century Milstead, Mule Wilson, Dick Stahlman, Jim Kendrick, Mickey Murtaugh, Phil White, Earl Polteiger, Art Carney, and Glenn Killinger. The remaining signatures appear to be those of prominent guests. In addition to the signatures on the cover, the interior has been inscribed in blue fountain pen by Haines: "To my pal Danny - Wishing you good luck - Hinkey Haines." All of the signatures are boldly scripted and average "8/9." This is an outstanding celebratory event-signed item dating from the heart of the Roaring Twenties, attended by royalty of the sporting and high society worlds of New York, including Lou Gehrig, dating from 1927, the year of the Yankees' most celebrated season. The program (8 x 10 inches) is partially separated along the spine and displays moderate-to-heavy wear, including a number of minor creases, small edge tears, and a small circular stain on the blank back cover. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500.
SOLD FOR $3,231