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Lot # 922 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1939 Hack Wilson Signed First-Day Cover (Full Name Signature)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,370

1939 Centennial of Baseball first-day cover signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Hack Wilson. Ideally, Wilson has scripted his full name, "Lewis Hack Wilson," in blue fountain pen, with the signature grading "10." The envelope is stamped "First Day of Issue" and is postmarked "Cooperstown Jun 12 1939." Although Wilson led the National League in home runs on four separate occasions between the years 1926 and 1932, and drove in 100 or more runs six times during that span, including a Major League record 190 in 1930, he did not command the same attention from fans as did Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Ott, and the other top sluggers of the era. That, plus the fact that Wilson passed away in 1948 but wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame until 1979, has resulted in the scarcity of his signature today. This is a particularly outstanding Hack Wilson signature (both in terms of condition and the fact that it is a full name signature) with the added appeal of having been obtained on a 1939 Centennial of Baseball first-day cover. The envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches) bears the stamped name and address of a former owner and is in Excellent to Mint condition overall, with just a hint of light toning. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,370

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