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Lot # 988 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Vintage Autograph Collection (300+) with J. Robinson (1946 Montreal Royals), Campanella, Foxx, Hartnett, Pennock, and Bobby Lowe!

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,258.75

Addendum: The catalog description for this lot contains an error. The signature of Yogi Berra is signed "Larry Berra," NOT "Peter Berra."

A total of twenty-three Hall of Fame signatures, representing nineteen different players, are featured in this collection, including an extremely early Jackie Robinson signature dating from his 1946 professional debut with the Montreal Royals. These hundreds of vintage signatures originate from the collection of a gentleman who was a former newspaper man working in Buffalo, New York. He was diehard baseball fan and for decades compiled scrapbook after scrapbook filled with both Major League and minor-league baseball newspaper clippings. At the time of his death over seventy enormous baseball scrapbooks were found within his estate, the majority of which appear to date from the 1930s through the 1950s. In addition to collecting newspaper articles and photos, the gentleman was also an autograph collector, as evidenced by the many partial autograph album pages that were found within the albums. All of the signatures were originally obtained by him in person while attending home games of the Buffalo Bisons, a member of the International League, and, for many years, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Because Buffalo was a minor-league town, the overwhelming majority of the signatures found in the album are those of minor-league players from the era. Even so, numerous former Major League players, and Hall of Famers, are represented here, with their signatures obtained either when they were beginning or ending their professional careers, or during minor-league coaching or managerial stints. Nearly all of the signature sheets and cuts presented here have been clipped from their original album page, both for expediency and practicality (the seventy or so albums are not only large and cumbersome, but have a combined weight of hundreds of pounds); however, two albums and numerous loose pages are included here as provenance. (It should be noted that if the winning bidder would like the remaining albums, our consignor has indicated that he would be willing to part with them for a nominal fee, plus shipping costs.)

The vast majority of the signatures (either in pencil or fountain pen) appear on clipped autograph album pages containing as few as one or two signatures, to as many as eleven or twelve. The most significant is a sheet signed in pencil (grading "10") by Jackie Robinson in 1946 during his first season of professional baseball with the Montreal Royals (the Royals were a member of the International League along with Buffalo). Joining Robinson on the sheet are five of his Royals teammates: Al Campanis, Marvin Rackley, Glen Moulder, Tom Tatum, and Roy Partlow. The complete list of Hall of Fame players represented in this collection, with the number of signatures for each player, if more than one, noted in parentheses, are Berra (signed "Larry Berra"), Boudreau, Campanella, Collins, Cronin (2), Cuyler, Doerr, Foxx, Grimes, Greenberg, Harris (3), Hartnett (2), Hornsby, Mize, Pennock, J. Robinson, Schoendienst, Stengel, and Veeck. Former Major League stars include Dolph Camilli, Walker Cooper, Babe Dahlgren, Jimmie Dykes, Boo Ferris, Ival Goodman, Charlie Grimm, Hank Gowdy, Buddy Hassett, Nippy Jones, Eddie Joost, Sherm Lollar, Jim Konstanty, Bob Kuzava, Bobby Lowe, Sal Maglie, Pepper Martin, Barney McCosky, Danny Murtaugh, Lefty O'Doul, Mickey Owen, Irv Palica, Roger Peckinpaugh, Johnny Pesky, Al Schacht, Tex Shirly, Vic Wertz, Earl Whitehill, Kemp Wicker, Gene Woodling, and Rudy York. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,258.75

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