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Lot # 963 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1949 and 1950 Branch Rickey Signed Letters and Original 1920s Studio Photo

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711

This collection is comprised of two Branch Rickey typed-signed letters and a circa 1920s formal studio photograph of "The Mahatma." 1-2) The two letters, each on official Brooklyn Dodgers letterhead (7.5 x 9.5 inches), are dated, respectively, July 18, 1949, and May 18, 1950, and are each signed "Branch Rickey" in black fountain pen (both grading "10"). The 1949 letter is addressed to Lou Niss, sports editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, and thanks him for his efforts "in connection with the Cleveland Exhibition and the All-Star Game." (Vg, with mailing folds and scattered areas of light discoloration.) The other letter is addressed to a fan who has requested a team photo. Rickey complies and also writes that he is sending her some Dodgers stickers "which you may use to advertise the fact that you root for the Brooklyn Dodgers!" (Ex, moderately toned.) Each letter is matted and framed to total dimensions of 13 x 15 inches. 3) Circa 1920s Branch Rickey studio photo. The photographer's credit, "Sid Whiting," appears in the lower left. Whiting's credit stamp also appears on the reverse. The photo (7 x 10 inches) displays a few light creases and a small vertical tear along the top border. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 3 items (2 letters and a photo). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $711

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