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1939-1940 World's Fair "School of Baseball" Signed Card Collection (5) - All New York Yankees Players Including Bonham, McCarthy and Gomez
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $360
Collection of five 1939-1940 World's Fair laurel cards issued by the Academy of Sport, each individually signed by a different member of the New York Yankees: Ernie Bonham (grading "10"), Joe McCarthy, Lefty Gomez, Charlie Keller, and Atley Donald. The signatures, scripted in blue or black fountain pen along the base, all grade "9" or "10," with the exception of McCarthy ("7/8"). Although McCarthy and Gomez are extremely desirable as Hall of Famers, it is the signature of Ernie Bonham in this lot that may be of greatest interest to Yankees autograph collectors due to its rarity. Bonham was one of the Yankees' top pitchers during the early 1940s, winning twenty-one games in 1942 and leading the club to three pennants and two World Championships during his seven-year tenure (1940 to 1946). Unfortunately, he died from a burst appendix in 1949 at the age of thirty-six. As a result his signature is one of the rarest of all Yankee players from that era. The Bonham signature offered here is an exceptional example and obviously dates to his first year with the club, in 1940.
These World's Fair "School of Baseball" cards (4.25 x 2.75 inches) were presented to each student who attended one of the daily sports clinics sponsored by the Academy of Sport at the 1939-1940 World's Fair. The clinics featured many famous sports personalities of the day, who volunteered their time to instruct youngsters on the finer points of the game, and routinely signed these souvenir cards for attendees. The five offered cards were all issued to students who attended the "School of Baseball," and include the recipient's name and hometown (all of the recipients in this collection lived in Brooklyn). One of the cards (signed by Keller) displays an erasure on the line for the recipient's name (whoever filled it out must have made a mistake with regard to the boy's first name and corrected it by erasing the name and writing the correct name to the right of the erasure). Aside from that, all of the cards are in Excellent condition overall. The Bonham signed card is accompanied by a full LOA from JSA, while each of the remaining four cards is accompanied by an individual COA from JSA. Total: 5 cards. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $360
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