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1944 Paul Waner Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $533
One-page handwritten letter, on a single fold-over sheet, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner. 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 during his youth he corresponded with many ballplayers, both current and retired, in an effort to learn more about the sport. This letter from Waner is obviously in response to one sent by Barry and in it he answers the question asked. Unfortunately, given the brief content, we can all just guess at Barry's inquiry. In full: "Dear Roger: Your question is very well asked and too [sic] this day we cannot answer why this happens. Health - luck and possibly better competition may enter the result. It might even be a combination of all these. Thanks for your letter. I hope you become perfectly well soon. Sincerely, Paul Waner." Both the text and signature are scripted in blue fountain pen, grading "8/9 (with a few small smudges and minor brushing). Although the letter is undated, it is accompanied by the original mailing envelope to Barry, which is postmarked April 21, 1944, from New York City. Waner was a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers at the time of this letter, but he would be traded later that season to the Yankees. Both the letter and envelope are on Hotel New Yorker stationery. Waner retired in 1945 with a .333 batting average, 113 home runs, and 1,309 RBI. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1952. The letter (5 x 6 inches, folded) displays a horizontal mailing fold and is in Excellent condition. The envelope (5.25 x 3.25 inches) is in Excellent condition as well. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $533
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