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Nineteenth-Century Baseball-Player Letter and Autograph Collection

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $356

Collection of nineteenth-century baseball letters, plus a cut signature and telegram, all with baseball content. While the players represented here are not household names, they will be familiar to collectors of nineteenth-century tobacco cards, as two (Bob Allen and Jack Donahue) are featured in the Old Judge set, while another (Hugh Smith) can be found in the 1888 N321 S. F. Hess California League set. 1) One-page handwritten letter on Davenport Base Ball Club letterhead, dated June 20, 1889, signed by Dan Horne, one of the directors of the club. The letter is written to Davenport manager Bob Allen and concerns the recruitment of pitchers for the club. 7.75 x 10.25 inches. Ex, with the original mailing envelope (Vg). 2) Two-page handwritten letter (on two sides of a fold-over sheet), dated June 24 (no year listed), signed by Hugh Smith, who identifies himself as having formerly been a member of the "Pioneer Club/Champions California." The letter is written to Bob Allen of the Davenport BBC and concerns the scheduling of a game. 4.5 x 6.75 inches (folded). Ex. 3-4) Two letters, each written to former major league catcher Eddie Boyle. The first is a three-page handwritten letter on Untied States Express Co. letterhead, dated January 18, 1897, signed by "Jas. J. Thomas." In his letter, Thomas discusses Boyle's release from Pittsburgh and his subsequent signing with Columbus. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Ex. The second is a two-page handwritten letter, dated January 18, 1897, signed by attorney Harry E. Stafford. In his letter, written on his law-office letterhead, Stafford welcomes Boyle to Columbus. 8.5 x 11 inches. Vg--Ex. Interestingly, Boyle, for some reason, decided not to play with Columbus for the 1897 season and instead played with the Minneapolis Millers of the Western League. 5) Cut signature of Jack Donahue, with the notation "Pioneer Club" scripted by Donahue below his name. 2.5 x 1 inches. Ex-Mt. 6) Postal Telegraph-Cable Company telegram, dated February 5, 1889, to Robert Allen from "Swartwood." The brief message simply reads "Send us your lowest terms." 8 x 5.25 inches. Ex, with its original envelope (Vg). All of the text and signatures on the documents in this collection have been executed in black fountain pen and grade "9" or "10." Total: 6 items (4 letters, cut signature, and telegram). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $356

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