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1940s and 1950s Baseball and Historical Autograph Collection with Mickey Mantle (Twice), Jackie Robinson, and Many Other Hall of Famers (55)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,280
This collection of fifty-five vintage autographs, nearly all of which are in the form of cuts, is comprised mainly of baseball players, but also includes a number of other sports stars and historical figures. Our consignor just recently inherited these signatures from his uncle, who was a lifelong autograph collector. While our consignor is not a collector and has no personal knowledge regarding the history of specific items in the collection, he does know that nearly all of the items in his uncle's collection (many of which were personalized) were obtained in person. That fact is made apparent by a number of handwritten notes from his uncle in which he meticulously details the time and place that he obtained many of the signatures offered here. Most of the signatures in this collection are scripted on a small notebook page, which in turn is affixed to larger piece of lined notebook paper, often with three or four signatures to a page. There are also a few typed-signed letters, all of which have been trimmed to fit on the notebook page. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures are scripted in blue or black fountain pen and grade "9" or "10." The number of signatures for each player, if more than one, is noted in parentheses. Baseball Signatures (30): Mickey Mantle (2; both in pencil), Jackie Robinson, Dizzy Dean (pencil), Casey Stengel (2; both in pencil), Johnny Mize (personalized "To Harry"), Yogi Berra (2; both in pencil), George Kell (on a cut magazine photo), Ed Barrow (dated "4/27/49"), Ford Frick (TLS; dated 5/4/49, on official National League letterhead, trimmed), Johnny Sain (pencil), Bob Kuzava (2, both in pencil), Joe Collins (pencil), Red Rolfe (pencil), Tom Morgan (pencil), Walker Cooper (personalized "To Harry"), Lou Brissie (personalized "To Harry"), Bobby Thomson (personalized "To Harry"), Karl Drews, Mickey Vernon, Max Patkin (baseball clown; in pencil), Cliff Mapes (pencil), George Stirnweiss, Allie Reynolds (personalized "To Harry"), Del Ennis (personalized "To Harry"), Curt Simmons, and Vic Raschi (personalized "To Harry"). Non-Baseball Sports Signatures (9): Jack Sharkey (boxer; 3; one in pencil), Joe Lapchick (famous basketball player and coach of both the New York Knicks and St. Johns University; ALS, not dated, on New York Knickerbockers letterhead, trimmed), Joseph Dolhon (basketball player), Gene Rossides (quarterback at Columbia University 1945 to 1948), Gil Dodds (runner and record holder for the mile run in the 1940s), and Florence Chadwick (2, both in pencil; swam the English Channel). Historical Signatures (16): Herbert Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover (2, one a TLS, dated 2/23/49, on official FBI letterhead, trimmed), Bess Truman (First Lady; on a sheet of four five-cent stamps), Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady; on a sheet of four one-cent stamps), Robert Patterson (Secretary of War, 1945-1947), Margaret Truman (daughter of Harry Truman, singer, and author), Kenneth Banghart (actor), Charles G. Ross (White House press secretary, 1945-1950), Georgia Neese Clark (first woman Treasurer of the United States [1949-1953]), Shirley Temple (signed "Shirley Temple Agar;" Temple was only married to Agar from 1945 to 1949, making this a rare signature form), Frank Hogan (famous New York lawyer and politician, known as "Mr. Integrity"), James Roosevelt (son of Franklin D. Roosevelt and U. S. Congressman), John L. Sullivan (Secretary of the Navy, 1947-1949), Anna Roosevelt Boettiger (daughter of Franklin D. Roosevelt), and Arthur Wallander (New York City police commissioner, 1945-1949). Excellent condition overall. Total: 55 signatures. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,280
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