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1935 Kiki Cuyler Handwritten Letter with Baseball Content
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948
One-page handwritten letter signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Kiki Cuyler. This letter originates 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 this letter shows, his interest in sports started at an early age. Cuyler's letter is actually written on the reverse of the letter Barry sent to him in 1935, when Barry was just fifteen years old. In his letter to Cuyler, dated January 28, 1935, Barry asks the star outfielder a number of questions, including pointers on how to slide. In part: " Dear Mr. Cuyler - I am interested in facts about different players and I would be very happy if you will give me a little information. Who do you find the hardest of the pitchers to hit? Who has the best fast ball and the best control? What pitcher is hardest to steal on? When I slide I frequently cut myself. Is there anyway I can prevent this. . . . " On the reverse, Cuyler provides his handwritten reply. In full: "Parmalee seems to be the toughest pitcher for me at present. Luque has about the best move. Spread your legs - hold one leg high and away from the other and bend the leg you hook the bag with. Kiki Cuyler." Both the text and signature are scripted in blue fountain pen and grade "10." Cuyler was a member of the Cubs at the time of this letter, but he would be traded later that season to Cincinnati. One of the top hitters and base stealers of his era, Cuyler retired in 1938 with a .321 lifetime average, 1,065 RBI, and 328 stolen bases. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1968. The letter (6.25 x 10.25 inches, unfolded) displays a horizontal and vertical mailing fold, as well as slight smudging from the ink along the base when Cuyler folded it, otherwise in Excellent condition. It is accompanied by the original self-addressed envelope (5.5 x 3.5 inches, Vg) provided by Barry, postmarked February 10, 1934, that Cuyler used to return the letter to him. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $948
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