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1930 Mickey Cochrane Signed Philadelphia Athletics Contract - World Champion Year!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,040
Four-page fold-over contract for the 1930 season between Mickey Cochrane and the American Base Ball Club of Philadelphia, signed in black fountain pen by "Gordon S. Cochrane" (grading "9"). The year of this contract is of special note as it dates from the heart of the 1929 to 1931 A's dynasty. The one-year agreement calls for Cochrane to receive a salary of $16,000. The contract has not been executed and therefore is neither dated nor signed by any team executives or witnesses on the interior (Cochrane's name, address, and the year are duly recorded on the front page). Cochrane batted a career-high .357 with 10 home runs and 85 RBI in 1930. Those numbers helped lead the Athletics to their second consecutive World Championship in what would be the last of Connie Mack's great dynasties. Cochrane, who retired in 1937, is regarded as the best-hitting catcher in major league history. In addition to batting over .300 in nine of this thirteen seasons Cochrane also finished his career with a .320 lifetime average, the all time top mark for his position. Other achievements include two MVP Awards (1928 and 1934) and three World Championships (two with the A's and one with the Tigers). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947. Contracts of Hall of Fame players are rare and the offered example is no exception. REA has sold two Mickey Cochrane player contracts in past years: Cochrane's 1926 contract appeared at REA in May 2011 (Lot 986) and sold for $3,231; Cochrane's 1928 (MVP season) contract appeared in REA's April 2014 auction (Lot 878) and realized $15,405. This is only the third Cochrane contract we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen any other examples dating from his playing career, let alone from one of his finest overall seasons. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays a vertical fold and two horizontal folds, along the ends of which are a few tiny tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,040
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