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Vintage Hall of Fame Signature Collection, with P. Waner, McGowan, Sisler, and Wheat (10)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $830
Collection of ten vintage Hall of Fame signatures, representing five different players, primarily in the form of 3 x 5-inch cards. This collection has a particularly outstanding provenance! All of these signatures 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 for their autographs. They have remained in the family's sole possession since the day they were acquired. Ideally, four of the autographs are accompanied by the original mailing envelope from the respective player. All of the signatures, penned in a variety of inks, grade "9" or "10." Unless otherwise noted, all of the autographs are on unlined 3 x 5-inch cards that remain in Near Mint condition overall. The players represented here, with the number of items for each player (if more than one) noted in parentheses, are Paul Waner; George Sisler (2); Bill McGowan (on the reverse of a real-photo postcard of McGowan, inscribed "Hello Bob Hooper/Here it is/Bill McGowan." Together with the original mailing envelope [Ex], postmarked 1943.); Max Carey (3): two signatures on lined index cards, both with lengthy inscriptions, one personalized. Each together with its original mailing envelope [Ex-Mt] postmarked 1961. The third autograph, also personalized with an inscription, is on the reverse of a mailed government postcard, postmarked 1950; and Zack Wheat (3): one signature is part of a short note written on the original letter sent to Wheat by our consignor's husband. In it Zach Wheat responds to the question "What do you consider your greatest thrill in baseball?" His handwritten response reads "Ans. The 26 inning game we played in Boston May 1st 1920 1-1 tie." Wheat signed the note with just his initials: "Z. D. W." Vg-Ex, with fold lines. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope [Ex], postmarked 1961. Also included in this collection, is a modern print (8 x 10 inches, Nr-Mt) of Stan Musial, signed by Musial in blue Sharpie ("10"). Total: 11 signed items (10 vintage signed pieces and 1 modern print of Stan Musial). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $830
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