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1929 Chick Hafey St. Louis Cardinals Contract
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,644
Four-page fold-over contract, dated March 6, 1929, between Chick Hafey and the St. Louis National Baseball Club, signed in blue fountain pen by both "C. Hafey" (grading "10") and "S. Breadon" ("10"), president of the club. Also signed in black fountain pen ("10") by John Heydler in his capacity as National League president. The one-year agreement, for the 1929 season, calls for Hafey to receive a salary of $8,000. 1929 was Chick Hafey's all-around finest season as he posted career-high totals in home runs (29) and RBI (125), while batting .338. A participant in baseball's first All-Star Game in 1933, Hafey batted over .300 on nine separate occasions, including a league-leading .349 in 1931. Hafey finished his thirteen-year career with a .317 lifetime average and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971. Baseball contracts of Hall of Fame players, especially those dating from their respective playing careers, are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is the first Hafey contract we have ever offered and we have only seen one other example at auction. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds. Tears are evident along each fold line, with the tears along the top fold line having been repaired with clear tape. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $2,644
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