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Baseball Hall of Fame Signed Letter Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,410
Collection of six one-page signed letters, each written by a different Hall of Fame member. For display purposes, each letter has been mounted and framed together with an example of the respective player's Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard. 1) Kenesaw Landis. Undated handwritten letter penned in black fountain pen upon his personal stationery, signed "Kenesaw M. Landis" (grading "10"). The brief letter, which is hard to read, does not appear to contain any baseball content. 6.5 x 8 inches. Vg-Ex; horizontal mailing fold, minor edge tears, and a paper clip impression in the upper left corner. Total dimensions: 12 x 20.5 inches. 2) Ford Frick. Typed letter, dated 8/23/46, on official National League letterhead, signed in black fountain pen ("10"). Frick responds to a fan's request for the address of Grover Cleveland Alexander. 8.25 x 7.75 inches. Vg-Ex; horizontal and vertical mailing folds, light toning, and a staple hole in the upper left corner. Total dimensions: 13 x 20.5 inches. 3) Eddie Collins. Typed letter, dated 1/17/46, on official Boston American League Baseball Company letterhead, signed in black fountain pen ("9"). Collins writes to an author compiling a book for Sandlot Baseball. 8.5 x 8.5 inches. Ex; horizontal mailing folds, light wrinkles, and a light paperclip impression along the top border. Total dimensions: 13 x 20.5 inches. 4) Chief Bender. Undated handwritten letter penned in black fountain pen on an unlined sheet, signed "'Chief' C. A. Bender" ("7"). Bender writes to Mr. C. William Duncan of the Philadelphia Inquirer informing him that he will attempt to attend the fiftieth anniversary banquet of the Philadelphia Sports Writers' Association on January 25th. Research shows that the PSWA was founded in 1904, thus dating the letter to either late 1953 or early 1954. Bender passed away shortly after, on May 22, 1954. 6.5 x 7.25 inches. Vg; horizontal mailing folds and areas of light discoloration throughout. Total dimensions: 11.75 x 19.5 inches. 5) George Sisler. Typed letter, dated 1/14/46, on an unlined sheet, signed in black fountain pen ("10"). Sisler writes to Philadelphia sportswriter Stoney McLinn regarding an unspecified article. 8 x 6.5 inches. Ex; horizontal mailing fold and light wrinkles. Total dimensions: 11.75 x 18.5 inches. 6) Waite Hoyt. Undated typed letter on Hoyt's personal stationery, signed in black felt-tip pen ("7"). Hoyt responds to a "Mr. Orlando," who inquired of Hoyt if he would be interested in purchasing an original Dick Perez artwork of himself. Hoyt respectfully declined to buy the portrait of himself, citing the cost and the fact that he had just purchased a condominium. In the letter Hoyt mentions the Ronald Reagan assassination attempt, which would date it to 1981. Hoyt passed away three years later in 1984. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Ex-Mt; horizontal mailing folds. Total dimensions: 15 x 12.5 inches. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 6 framed letters. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,410
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