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Lot # 1048 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1930 Walter Johnson Handwritten Letter

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,293

One-page handwritten letter, undated and penned on "Hotel Blackhawk" stationery, signed by legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. In his brief missive, Johnson replies to a young fan. In full: "Dear Dan - Thank you for your letter. I hope that I will get to see you play baseball some day. Lots of good luck to you. Sincerely, Walter Johnson." Both the text and signature have been scripted in blue fountain pen and grade "9/10." Although the letter is undated, it cannot have been written earlier than the mid 1920s, which was when the Hotel Blackhawk, located in Davenport, Iowa, was expanded to 400 rooms (the stationery boasts "400 Rooms - 400 Bats"), and the letter was likely written during his days as a Major League manager with Washington and Cleveland (1929-1935). Johnson, who passed away in 1946, was one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame and his signature today, especially in the form of a handwritten letter, is highly prized by collectors. The letter (6 x 9.25 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and light foxing along the bottom. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,293

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