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1950s Brooklyn Dodgers Autograph Collection (5) with Robinson and Campanella
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $4,148
Collection of five signed Brooklyn Dodgers items, featuring twenty-one signatures, including Jackie Robinson (twice), Roy Campanella, Duke Snider (twice), Gil Hodges, and Pee Wee Reese. 1) 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers yearbook. The book has been signed in blue ink by sixteen team members, plus announcer Red Barber. Jim Hughes and Red Barber have signed the cover, while the remaining fifteen signatures appear next to the respective player's image on the interior: Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider (personalized "To Sal"), Pee Wee Reese (personalized "To Sal"), Chuck Dressen (Mgr.), Cookie Lavagetto (coach), Billy Cox, Carl Erskine, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Billy Loes, Preacher Roe, George Shuba, Bob Milliken, Bobby Morgan, and Dixie Howell. Signatures range from "8" to "10," averaging "9." The yearbook (8.25 x 10.75 inches) is in Very Good condition, with tape reinforcement along the interior spine and a few minor tears and creases. 2) Postcard signed by Jackie Robinson. Blank postcard signed by Robinson in blue fountain pen ("10") on the front. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) is neither addressed nor mailed, but displays two small areas of surface paper loss/tape residue on the reverse from having once been mounted, and then removed, from an album. Ex-Mt (without reference to the paper loss). 3) 1956 Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers payroll check. The check, drawn on the Manufacturer's Trust Company of Brooklyn and dated May 14, 1956, is made out to Gilbert R. Hodges in the amount of $2,429. It has been signed by a front-office employee on the front (illegible) and endorsed by "Gilbert R. Hodges" in blue ink ("10") on the reverse. We have only seen a few Brooklyn Dodgers payroll checks over the years, let alone one issued to a star player like Hodges. The check (8.5 x 3.25 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes (none affecting Hodges' signature), as well as a vertical fold. In Very Good to Excellent condition. 4) Roy Campanella signed receipt. Blank retail receipt inscribed "Best Wishes/Roy Campanella" in red ink ("10"). While there is no merchant name on the receipt, it is possible that it is from Campanella's liquor store in Harlem. Like most players during that era, Campanella had outside business interests to help generate income during the off-season. The receipt (3.75 x 6.75 inches) has a slightly uneven left border as a result of having been removed from the receipt ledger; otherwise Ex-Mt. 5) 1982 Duke Snider personal check. The check, drawn on the Bank of America of Fallbrook, California, and dated December 31, 1982, is made out to "SDG & E" in the amount of $142. It is signed "Edwin D. Snider" in blue ink ("10") along the base. A stamped endorsement appears on the reverse. The check (6 x 2.75 inches) displays normal bank-cancellation stamps. Nr-Mt. Total: 5 items (yearbook, postcard, payroll check, receipt, and personal check). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $4,148
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