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Lot # 966 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1972-1982 Baseball Hall of Famer Handwritten Letter Collection (11) with Greenberg, Kelly, Reese, and Ashburn

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,200

Collection of eleven one-page handwritten letters, spanning the years 1972 to 1982, each signed, respectively, by a different Hall of Fame player:

1) Chick Hafey. On an unlined sheet, dated 1/5/72, scripted in blue ink ("10"). Telling a fan that his biggest thrill in baseball was being elected to the Hall of Fame. 8 x 7 inches. Trimmed to its current dimensions. Vg-Ex, with a small edge tear and horizontal fold. Accompanied by an individual COA from JSA.

2) Richie Ashburn. On Philadelphia Phillies letterhead, undated, scripted in blue ink ("9/10"). Although undated, it is accompanied by its original mailing envelope, dated 3/2/72. Response to a request for Ashburn to attend a banquet. 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex, with mailing folds. Envelope: Ex.

3) Robin Roberts. On Gold King Shrimp letterhead (Roberts was president of the company), undated (circa 1970s), scripted in blue ink ("10"). Thanking a gentleman for inviting him to a banquet. Vg-Ex, with a tiny amount of paper loss along the top border and a few light creases.

4) Joe Medwick. On Medwick's personal letterhead, dated 12/18/74, scripted in blue ink ("10"). Wising a fan a happy holiday. 7.25 x 9.5 inches. Affixed to an old photo album page. Vg-Ex, with a slight interior tear (no paper loss) and mailing folds.

5) George Kelly. On an unlined sheet, dated 7/15/76, scripted in blue ink ("10"). Response to a fan, mentions attending the upcoming Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 6 x 8 inches. Ex-Mt, with two horizontal mailing folds.

6) Ted Lyons. On a notebook page (written on the back of the original letter sent to him), undated (circa 1970s), scripted in blue marker ("10"). Answers a number of questions from a fan, including his greatest thrill in baseball (pitching a no hitter in 1926). Vg-Ex, with light toning and a few tiny edge tears.

7) Hank Greenberg. On Greenberg's personal letterhead, dated 10/18/80, scripted in black marker ("10"). Writes in response to a request for twenty-five signed Hall of Fame postcards to help raise money for the Jimmy Fund. 6.25 x 6.75 inches. Ex-Mt, with a horizontal fold.

8) Al Lopez. On Lopez's personal letterhead, undated (circa 1980s), scripted in blue ink ("10"). Offering thanks for the gift of a desk set for Lopez's trophy room. 6 x 7 inches. Ex-Mt, with a horizontal fold.

9) Pee Wee Reese. On an unlined sheet, undated (circa 1980s), scripted in blue ink ("10"). Answers a number of questions, including his greatest thrill (winning the 1955 World Series). 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex, with two horizontal folds and a few tiny edge tears along the base.

10) Johnny Mize. On an unlined sheet, undated (circa 1980s), scripted in black ink ("10"). Responds to a fan regarding his greatest thrill in baseball (hitting three home runs in a game). 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex-Mt.

11) Joe Sewell. On an unlined sheet, undated, scripted in black ink ("10"). Although undated, it is accompanied by its original mailing envelope postmarked 9/20/82. Gives his opinion on number of topics including what it was like to play against and then with, Babe Ruth, and best player he ever saw (Cobb). 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex, with two mailing folds. Envelope: Vg-Ex. Total: 11 letters. LOA from James Spence/JSA.  Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,200


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