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1929 Honus Wagner Signed Letter on Wagner Company Letterhead
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,115
One-page typed letter, dated January 8, 1929, signed by Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner. This extraordinary Wagner letter is particularly outstanding for the fact that it not only offers significant baseball content, but is written on Honus Wagner Sporting Goods Company letterhead, which features a photo of Wagner, in uniform, in the upper left corner. In his one-page letter, to a Mr. W. J. Foley, Wagner offers his services for an upcoming Old Timers' Day game to benefit former Boston Red Sox catcher Lou Criger. In full: My dear Mr. Foley, In reply to your letter of the 29th regarding the Old Time Baseball Game which you intend to hold sometime next summer in Boston, for the benefit of our old friend Lou Criger. I will be glad to give you my services for such a worthy cause. I will also as you suggested, write Lou a letter. I am sure he will appreciate hearing from his old friends, that will help to cheer him up. Drop a line to Charles Deacon Phillippi [sic], % General Outdoor Advertising Co., Pittsburgh, Pa. I am sure he will be glad to give his services. With best wishes for a successful day. Very truly yours. Wagner has signed the letter "J. Hans Wagner - Former Pirate" in black fountain pen (grading "9"). Lou Criger was Cy Young's longtime batterymate and one of the finest defensive catchers of his era. Unfortunately, his final years were marked by severe health problems, including the loss of his left arm. He eventually passed away in 1934. In 1903, Wagner and Criger opposed each other in the first modern-day World Series, with Criger's Boston Pilgrims defeating Wagner's Pittsburgh Pirates in eight games. Deacon Phillippe was the ace of the Pirates' staff in 1903 and he and Wagner played together for thirteen seasons with both Louisville and Pittsburgh. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) has a horizontal and two vertical fold lines and is in Excellent condition overall. Matted and framed (with UV light-blocking glass) together with an 8 x 10-inch black-and-white photo of Wagner (recent print) to total dimensions of 27.5 x 21 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,115
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