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Lot # 950 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1950 Frank "Home Run" Baker Signed Letter and 3x5 Card

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $711

Both of these items, a Frank Baker signed letter and index card, were originally obtained decades ago by our consignor's husband, a lifelong autograph collector, who, starting in his teens, began the practice of writing players to ask for their autographs. They have remained in the family's sole possession since the day they were received! Baker's letter is actually his handwritten response at the base of the original letter our consignor's husband sent to him. In the undated, one-page typed letter to Baker, he was asked about the status of the Little League team he was coaching, his thoughts on Ty Cobb, and what his greatest thrill in baseball was. Baker's response, in full, reads "Dear Bob, Thanks for your letter. We did pretty well with our Little League last year. Cobb was one of our greatest players, wonderful Base Runner. I believe one of my greatest thrills was my first home run in the World Series. Sincerely yours, Frank Baker." Both the text and signature have been scripted in blue ink and grade "10." The blank index card has been flawlessly signed "Frank 'Home Run' Baker" in blue ink ("10"). Both the letter and index card are each displayed, individually, on old photo album pages, the type that had a tacky surface. Because the pieces have remained on their album pages for over the past fifty years, both the letter and card are partially adhered to their respective surfaces, but of course they can almost certainly be removed (at least by a professional) if desired. Without reference to the adhesion, the card is in Near Mint condition, while the letter (8.25 x 5.5 inches) has a vertical and horizontal mailing fold, as well as a neatly trimmed bottom border; it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 2 items (letter and index card). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $711

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