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1940 Walter Johnson Handwritten Letter

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,440

One-page handwritten letter, dated March 10, 1940, signed by baseball's legendary "Big Train," Walter Johnson. The letter, written on Johnson's personal letterhead, is addressed to a fan named "Kenny" and reads in full: "Your letter came and thanks a lot. I appreciate hearing from you. They have left me busy here lately and will I guess till the primary is over May 6th then If I get through that I will have more work to do. I am sorry I don't have a photo right now but I will get some soon and would be glad to give you one. Good luck to you. Sincerely yours, Walter Johnson." Both the text and signature have been boldly scripted in blue fountain pen and grade "9/10." At the time of this letter Johnson was campaigning in the Republican primary for a congressional seat in Maryland's 6th District. His popularity easily carried him to victory in the primary, but he lost the general election to his Democratic opponent, William Byron. The legendary "Big Train," who passed away in 1946, was one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame and his signature today, especially in the form of a handwritten letter, is highly prized by collectors. The letter (8.25 x 9.75 inches), which has two horizontal folds, displays surface paper loss and a few minor tears along the left border from having once been mounted in an album. The letter has subsequently been partially affixed to a red cardboard backing equal in size to the letter. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
  Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,440

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