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Vintage 1930s Signed Baseball-Letter and Autograph Collection with P. Waner and Rabbit Maranville (11)
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $720
Collection of signed baseball letters and autographs dating from the 1930s. All of the items offered here originate from the personal collection of C. Roger Barry, longtime sportswriter with the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts. Barry, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 92, was a lifelong sports fan and, as these letters show, his interest in sports started at an early age. In many of the letters, Barry asks for specific advice on batting and fielding, which the respective players are happy to provide. In that regard this is an extraordinary collection of letters given their outstanding baseball content. Many of the player responses are written on Barry's original letter, and all of the letters include the original mailing envelope. Unless otherwise noted, all of the player responses are handwritten in blue or black fountain pen, with the signatures grading "9" or "10." All of the letters display normal mailing folds and are otherwise in Excellent condition overall. The envelopes display normal tears from opening and are in Very Good condition overall. 1) Paul Waner. One-page letter (5 x 6.5 inches), on the front of Barry's original letter, dated "Feb 1935," offering advice on hitting. 2) Rabbit Maranville. The Hall of Fame shortstop's signature is included in his handwritten return address on the back of the original mailing envelope, postmarked January 15, 1935 (7 x 4 inches; no letter included with the envelope). 3) Buddy Hassett. Two-page letter ( 7.25 x 2.5 inches), on a single sheet, offering advice on fielding and sliding. Not dated, but the return envelope is postmarked June 5, 1935. 4) Bobo Newsome. One-page letter (5 x 6.5 inches), on the front of Barry's original letter, dated January 28, 1935. Newsome was asked "Who did you have the hardest job getting out last year?" Newsome's reply, scripted in pencil, reads "Gehrig, Gehrig, Gehrig, and again, Gehrig." 5) Hughie Critz. Two-page letter (5.25 x 6.5 inches), on a fold-over sheet, dated February 7, 1935, offering advice on fielding. 6) Cecil Travis. Two-page letter (6.5 x 8.25 inches) on both sides of a single sheet, dated February 21, 1935, offering advice on hitting and fielding. 7) Dolph Camilli. One-page letter (5 x 6.5 inches), in pencil on the reverse of Barry's original letter, offering advice on hitting and fielding. Not dated, but the return envelope is postmarked April 10, 1935. 8) Bill Werber. One-page letter (6 x 7.5 inches), on the reverse of Barry's original letter, dated January 3, 1935, offering general advice on how to play the game. Includes a Bill Werber matchbook. 9) Gus Mancuso. Two-page letter (8.5 x 11 inches), on two separate sheets, dated April 6, 1944, offering his opinion on who were the best pitchers he ever caught (Hubbell and Dean were included). 10) George Selkirk. One-page typed-signed letter (7 x 10.5 inches), dated April 2, 1935, offering advice on hitting. Includes a signed newspaper clipping of Selkirk. Letter displays scattered toning and a few minor tears (Vg). 11) Babe Herman. Small signed photo (4.5 x 3.5 inches) inscribed "Best Wishes/Babe Herman." The photo pictures Herman at the plate during batting practice. Envelope is postmarked May 12, 1935. Total: 11 items (9 letters, signed envelope, and photo). SOLD FOR $720
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