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1939 Joe Tinker Signed Letter (Relating to M101-2 Signing Request)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960
One-page typed letter, dated December 11, 1939, signed by Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Tinker. This letter was actually written to Tinker by Dr. C. G. Steen, a dentist living in Nebraska, and Tinker chose to issue a handwritten reply along the bottom. In his letter, Steen explains that he has a large collection of circa 1910 Sporting News supplement photos (often referred to as M101-2 by collectors today) and is attempting to get as many of them signed as possible. In part: ". . . . I have saved a good many of them all these years hoping that I might secure autographs on some of the ones I wanted. To date a number of the fellows have helped out very cordially and I want to get yours. Am enclosing an addressed envelope for your reply and if you will consent to autograph this photo for me I will send it to you wrapped and stamped for return to me. . . ." Steen further mentions that two of Tinker's former Cubs teammates, Brown and Archer, have already complied with his wishes and that he is currently writing Evers, Schulte, Hofman, and Overall requesting the same. Tinker's handwritten reply, scripted in pencil along the base, reads "Will be glad to sign what ever you wish Joe Tinker." Both the text and signature grade "8/9" overall. Tinker was fifty-nine years old and suffering from diabetes at the time he responded to this letter. One-third of baseball's most famous double-play combination, Tinker to Evers to Chance, Tinker was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.He died shortly afterwards in 1948, thereby only giving Hall of Fame autograph collectors a short two-year window in which to obtain his signature. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical folds, as well as a tiny chip in the upper left corner. A vintage photo tab is affixed to the reverse. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $960
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