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Lot # 929 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Collection of Check-Out Bills from The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown - Each signed by its Respective Hall of Fame Guest (8)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $830

Collection of eight itemized bills, issued by The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, New York, each signed upon checkout by the respective Hall of Famer guest: Lloyd Waner, Joe Medwick, George Kelly, Rube Marquard, Bill Terry, Warren Spahn, Stan Musial, and Jessie Haines. Each bill bears the printed name of the guest at the top, as well as the number of members in his party, his room rate, and the date checked in and out. Listed below is an itemized list of the daily charges for the room. All of the signatures have been flawlessly scripted in blue ink, with the exception of Spahn (blue felt-tipped pen), and grade "10." The Otesaga Hotel, located right on Lake Otesaga and only a five-minute walk from the Baseball Hall of Fame, was, for decades, the only hotel in Cooperstown, and the place where all of the Hall of Fame players and their families would normally stay while attending the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Although there is no year listed on any of the bills, all have a checkout date of "8/13," with the exception of Waner ("8/12"). Based upon that fact, it seems nearly certain that these bills date from 1974. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on August 11th in 1974, and it was the the only induction ceremony during that decade that coincides with the check-in and check-out dates listed on the offered bills. (Prior to 1971 the induction ceremonies were normally held in July.) Also, Medick died the following year, so they cannot date from the 1980s. We have never seen any other examples, signed or not, of The Otesaga Hotel bills issued to Hall of Fame players, making this a most unique collection of autographs. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 8 signed bills. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $830

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