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1964 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals Contract

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $4,113

Four-page fold-over contract, dated January (no day listed) 1964, between Bob Gibson and the St. Louis National Baseball Club, Inc., signed in black fountain ink by both "Robert Gibson" (grading "10") and "Vaughan P. Devine" ("10"), general manager of the club. Accompanying the contract is the cover letter sent to Gibson, dated January 9, 1964, and typed on official St. Louis Cardinals stationery, from Devine. In full: "Dear Bob, I am enclosing herewith your 1964 St. Louis Cardinal contract calling for a salary of $22,500. I look forward to hearing from you in reply at your early convenience. In the meantime, best wishes to you personally for a successful season in 1964 and a pennant-winnng year for the club. Sincerely yours, Bing Devine [signed]." As noted in the letter, the one-year agreement calls for Gibson to receive $22,500 for the 1964 season. Devine's good wishes for Gibson and the club were both realized in 1964. Gibson posted the best record of his young career (19-12) in leading the club to its first pennant in eighteen years. Gibson continued to shine in the World Series, winning two games against the Yankees, including the decisive Game 7 that brought them the World Championship. Included with the contract and letter is an 8 x 10-inch color photo (Nr-Mt) of Gibson that has been signed on the front in blue Sharpie ("10"). In 2009 Bob Gibson sold nineteen of his player contracts (all different) in a special auction of his personal memorabilia collection; however, his 1964 contract was one of the few examples not included in that offering. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and a slightly rusted paper-clip impression in the top left corner; otherwise it's in Near-Mint condition. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) also displays two horizontal mailing folds and rusted paper-clip impressions in the top left corner (Ex). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 items (contract, cover letter, and photo). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $4,113

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