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1941-1963 Baseball Hall of Famer Handwritten Letter Collection (9) with Terry, Alston, Appling, and Roush
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $360
Collection of nine handwritten letters, spanning the years 1941 to 1963, each signed, respectively, by a different Hall of Fame player:
1) Stanley Coveleski. One-page, on The Sporting News stationery, undated, scripted in blue ink ("10"). (Although it is not dated, the year is 1941 because there is an advertisement for The Sporting News 1941 Record Book in the lower left corner.) This is actually a questionnaire sent to Coveleski by the Sporting News asking him "Who do you consider the greatest ballplayer of all-time? Why?" Coveleski responded by writing "Ty Cobb. He can hit, run, field, and throw." Signed by Coveleski on the appropriate line. 8.25 x 11 inches. 8.25 x 11 inches. Ex, with two mailing folds.
2) George Kell. Two pages, on plain, unlined sheets, dated 9/23/51, scripted in blue ink (grading "10"). Concerning an endorsement deal. 5 x 7.5 inches. Ex, with a single notebook hole at the top and a vertical fold.
3) Walt Alston. One page, on Dodgers letterhead, dated 3/2/54, scripted in blue ink ("9/10"). Thanking a sports writer for a flattering article. 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex, with two horizontal folds.
4) Edd Roush. Two pages (on each side of a single lined sheet), dated 3/9/56, scripted in blue ink ("10"). Replying to an autograph request. 3.75 x 5.5 inches. Ex-Mt, with six notebook holes along the left border.
5) Ted Lyons. One page, on Chicago White Sox letterhead, dated 7/25/58, scripted in blue ink ("10"). (Signed twice, once at the end of the letter and in the upper left corner, where it is personalized "Best Wishes to Nick.") Responds to a fan regarding the White Sox' chances of winning the pennant. 8.5 x 10.25 inches. Gd-Vg, with tears, adhesive residue and folds.
6) Robin Roberts. One page, on his personal stationery, undated (circa 1958), scripted in black ink (signed simply "Robin"; "9"). Concerns matters related to the Players' Association. 6.5 x 10.25 inches. Ex, with a staple hole.
7) Luke Appling. One page, on an unlined sheet, undated (circa 1960s), scripted in blue ink ("10"). Offers a young fan advice on how to become a good ballplayer. 8 x 10.25 inches. Gd-Vg, with edge tears, folds, toning, and adhesive residue along the top border.
8) Red Ruffing. One page, on a lined notebook sheet (his response is on a letter that was sent to him), dated 10/19/62, scripted in blue ink ("10"). (Ruffing has signed his name three time as requested by the fan.) Response to a fan who had requested his autograph and tips on becoming a better pitcher. 8 x 10.5 inches. Vg, with light toning and mailing folds. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches; Ex). COA from PSA/DNA.
9) Bill Terry. One page, on "Bill Terry's Incorporated" stationery (automobile dealership), dated 7/29/63, scripted in blue ink ("10"). Thank-you note to Robert Fishel of the NY Yankees for being invited to Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. 8.25 x 11 inches. Ex, with mailing folds and staple holes. Accompanied by a copy of Fishel's reply (8.5 x 11 inches; Ex). Total: 9 letters. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $360
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