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Lot # 991 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1929 Frank Frisch St. Louis Cardinals Contract

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $5,288

Four-page fold-over contract, dated January 9, 1929, between Frankie Frisch and the St. Louis National Baseball Club, signed in black fountain pen by "Frank Frisch Jr." (grading "10") and in blue fountain pen by Branch Rickey ("8," slight bleeding), general manager of the club. Also signed in black fountain pen ("9") by John Heydler in his capacity as National League president. The one-year agreement, for the 1929 season, calls for Frisch to receive a salary of $18,500. Frisch was at the peak of his career while employed under the terms of this contract. The fabled "Fordham Flash" batted .334 with 5 home runs and 74 RBI in 1929. A participant in the first All-Star Game in 1933, Frisch helped lead the Cardinals to four pennants and two World Championships during his eleven-year tenure with the club. He also batted over .300 on thirteen separate occasions, retiring in 1937 with a .316 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947. Baseball contracts of Hall of Fame players, especially those dating from their respective playing careers (let alone dating from the 1920s), are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is the first Frisch contract we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen another at public auction. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds along each of which exist tears which have been repaired by clear tape. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $5,288

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