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Lot # 1302 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1930s Ed Barrow New York Yankees Briefcase

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,962.50

Leather briefcase used by Hall of Fame executive Ed Barrow during his long tenure with the New York Yankees. The exterior of the briefcase is embossed "E. Barrow/New York Yankees/Baseball Co." in gilt letters. This briefcase has a documented provenance. Decades ago, famed collector Barry Halper purchased all of Ed Barrow's personal belongings directly from the Barrow estate. In addition to this briefcase, the Barrow estate collection also included nearly all of the original paperwork, contracts, and agreements relating to the sale of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 1919. All of that Barrow material, including this briefcase, was subsequently sold at the famed Halper auction in 1999. Our consignor was the original purchaser of the briefcase in 1999 (final sales price of $4,025) and it has remained in his collection since that time. Barrow, in addition to discovering Honus Wagner and switching Babe Ruth from the mound to the outfield, was the architect of the Yankees baseball dynasty. Barrow began his long tenure with the Yankees in 1921 as general manager and remained with the club, in a number of capacities, until his retirement in 1947. During that time the Yankees captured fourteen pennants and ten World Championships. This is a high-quality briefcase, with a number of interior compartments, and its well-worn exterior indicates that it served Barrow well for many years. One can only guess at how many important contracts and documents it once held. The briefcase features a gold-colored metal clasp closure and includes a shoulder strap connected to the handle. One of the decorative front-leather straps is torn and general wear is displayed throughout. In Very Good condition overall and still serviceable if one so desires. Included with the briefcase, and perfect for display with it, is a small framed display featuring a cut signature of Barrow (black fountain pen, grading "10," taken from a check) matted together with his Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard (total dimensions 9 x 12.5 inches). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.
SOLD FOR $2,962.50

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