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Gigantic New York Yankees Autograph Collection - 1920s to the Present - 776 Different Signatures plus Duplicates (1,406 total signed items)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,036
From the personal collection of former New York Yankees batboy Bill Hongach, this remarkable collection is comprised of 1,406 items, each individually signed by someone who either played or coached for, announced for, or was employed as a front office executive with, the New York Yankees. Approximately 776 different individuals are represented here, including thirty-four different Hall of Famers. (A total of eighty items are signed by Hall of Fame players.) This is an extremely comprehensive assemblage of signatures of players who wore the pinstripes over a period of nearly 100 years; from the 1920s right to the present. The collection can be broken down into the following categories (total number of items for each listed in parentheses): 8 x 10 photos (145), smaller-sized photos (140; most are approximately 3.5 x 5.5 inches), index cards or similar-sized 3 x 5-inch cards (994), baseball cards (30; most are modern-day issues), cuts (85), letters/documents (10), and checks (2). The Hall of Fame players represented here, with the number of signed items for each player, if more than one, noted in parentheses, are Berra (3), Boggs (2), Coveleski, Cox, Dickey (4), DiMaggio (2), Durocher, Ford (3), Gomez (3), Gordon, Gossage, Grimes, Harris (2), Henderson, Hoyt (4), Hunter, R. Jackson (2), Lemon (3), Larry MacPhail, Lee MacPhail (2), Mantle (3), McCarthy (4), Mize (5), Niekro (4), Perry, Rizzuto (4), Roberts (2), Ruffing (4), Sewell (6), Slaughter (2), Stengel (3), Torre, Weiss, and Winfield. Notable non Hall of Fame players represented here, many more than once, are Billy Martin, Roger Maris, Bill Bevens, Mark Koenig, Art Fletcher, Mel Allen, Jim Konstanty, Ralph Branca, Tommy Henrich, Ed Lopat, Ewell Blackwell, Don Larsen, Steve Howe, Duffy Lewis, Sparky Lyle, Johnny Damon, Art Jorgens, Ron Bloomberg, Ben Chapman, Charlie Keller, David Cone, Bob Cerv, Hector Lopez, Luis Arroyo, Mike Gazella, Rocky Colavito, Sam McDowell, Graig Nettles, Cliff Mapes, Bob Shawkey, Roger Peckinpaugh, Sal Maglie, Jimmie Reese, Russ Van Atta, Bob Meusel, Bobby Richardson, Virgil Trucks, George Selkirk, Ron Swoboda, Vic Raschi, Joe Pepitone, Mel Stottlemyre, Ernie Shore, Red Rolfe, Johnny Sain, Monte Pearson, Allie Reynolds, Spec Shea, Lefty O'Doul, Bill Virdon, Irv Noren, Luis Tiant, Buck Showalter, Bobby Shantz, Gene Woodling, Willie Miranda, Bobby Murcer, Dave Righetti, Elmer Valo, George Uhle, Joe Dugan, Curtis Granderson, Curt Blefary, Dale Long, Gil McDougald, Ben Chapman, Ralph Houk, Elston Howard, Tommy John, Roger Clemens, Jim Bouton, John Montefusco, Ken Holtzman, Jeff Reardon, Mickey Rivers, David Wells, Jim Abbott, Fred Fitzsimmons, Lindy McDaniel, Ron Guidry, and Mariano Rivera. The signatures, penned in a variety of inks, range from "5" to "10," averaging "8/9." Condition ranges from Good to Near Mint, averaging Ex. Total: 1,406 signed items. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,036
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